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Jean E. Barthman, DDS
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Redwood City, CA 94063
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Dr. BarthmanBeauty, Health and Comfort. These words best describe the office of Dr. Barthman. Because of her years of experience and education, she possesses the latest knowledge and techniques in restorative and cosmetic dentistry to help you achieve optimal results.

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  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day.
  • Chew sugarless gum instead of sugary varieties.
  • Floss daily and if possible, after every meal.
  • Prevent plaque and cavities by reducing your daily intake of sweet snacks.
  • Schedule a cleaning and oral examination with Dr. Barthman once a year.

 

Tooth Erosion Causes

November 11, 2013 @ 12:17 PM -- by Dr. Jean Barthman

Redwood City Tooth ErosionTooth enamel is the strongest substance contained within the human body, often lasting individuals a lifetime. Unfortunately for Redwood City patients, erosion of tooth enamel is a fairly common problem. If you think you may be experiencing tooth erosion, it is important to find out what causes it so that you understand which measures you must take in order to protect your oral health.

Causes of Tooth Erosion

There are many factors that can contribute to tooth enamel erosion. Among the most common are:

  • Poor dental hygiene: Not brushing and flossing your teeth daily can cause your teeth to decay and the hard enamel to erode.
  • Drinking too many sugary drinks: The sugars contained in these beverages may sit on your teeth for hours and eat away at the enamel.
  • Drinking too many soft drinks: These drinks contain phosphoric and citric acids, both of which can wear away your tooth enamel.
  • Eating a lot of foods that are high in sugar and starch: Much like sugars in beverages, sugary foods will also remain on your teeth.
  • Eating food that is high in acid: The more acid your food contains, the more it can affect your teeth. High acidity foods include blueberries, cranberries, grapes, grapefruit, limes, lemons, pineapples, pomegranates, and strawberries. Foods with medium acidity are apples, nectarines, oranges, peaches, and tomatoes.
  • Dry mouth or not enough saliva: Saliva is the mouth’s natural way of removing plaque and acidic content from the teeth. If you do not produce an adequate amount of saliva, the sugars in the food that you eat will not be flushed out of your mouth.
  • Heartburn or acid reflux: These conditions churn up the stomach acid into the esophagus and into the mouth, which can erode teeth.
  • Any condition that causes you to vomit often, such as bulimia or alcoholism: These conditions continuously bring up the stomach acid into the mouth and affect your teeth.
  • Brushing teeth too hard: Brushing your teeth consistently is good for their best health; however, brushing with too much force can wear away enamel. It can also cause your gums to recede, leaving you susceptible to other oral diseases.
  • Taking certain medications such as aspirin and antihistamine: Medications containing chlorine can cause enamel erosion when they are chewed. Studies have shown tooth erosion to be greater in the teeth of patients who chew their medications rather than swallow them.
  • Bad genes: Unfortunately, some people are just prone to losing their tooth enamel easily due to inherited conditions.

If you believe you are experiencing tooth erosion, talk to your cosmetic dentist about the various options available. Your dentist may suggest different treatments to treat the erosion such as tooth-colored fillings or dental bonding.

To prevent erosion from happening in the first place, cut back on sugary and acidic foods. Drink beverages through a straw to avoid contact with the teeth as much as possible, and rinse your mouth with water after eating or drinking any substance that may contribute to tooth erosion.  Also, be sure to brush and floss your teeth twice a day.

Learn More about Tooth Erosion

Tooth erosion happens when the hard enamel on your teeth wears away. There are many causes of tooth erosion, but it is a condition that can be reduced or even prevented all together. If you need more information regarding tooth erosion, its causes, and its treatments, contact Dr. Jean E. Barthman, D.D.S, for more information.