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In order to ensure your teeth and gums are kept safe from oral hazards and risks that can arise, always take into consideration all aspects of your oral health, including damage that may not be visible. Oftentimes, teeth that can be destroyed by the microscopic damage that occurs hidden to the naked eye. If plaque buildup in your mouth continues to flourish unabated in your mouth, it will convert harmful substances into acids that will chew through your tooth enamel. This will give rise to enamel erosion. Over time, enamel erosion will produce holes in your teeth known as cavities. Should cavities arise, the inner linings of a tooth will be at risk for damage.

Cavities can lead to severe infections and tooth loss, so it is important to eliminate the risk of cavities as much as possible. Because cavities often arise due to poor oral hygiene, it is important to eliminate the risks associated with dental erosion first. Dental erosion can arise due to numerous causes, including acid reflux disease, genetic predispositions, medications that reduce dry mouth, or excessive consumption of potentially acidic substances. Thus, in order to eliminate erosion, you must improve all areas of your lifestyle, including your diet and your cleaning routines.

Your first step to eliminating dental erosion includes making sure to brush and floss your teeth every day. Only through an effective oral hygiene routine that includes brushing and flossing can you help to eliminate plaque buildup and harmful acids that may begin to pool in your mouth. To lower your risk for dental abrasion, use mouthwash or chewing gum as effective cleaning tools instead. This is because brushes and toothpaste may be too abrasive immediately after eating. Also, remember to use effective tools that are not contaminated or unsanitary.

Restore your oral health with dental erosion and cavity prevention. To set up a visit with Yakima Smiles at our dentist office in Yakima, Washington, please contact us at (509) 941-2957. Dr. Pete Nathe and our wonderful team look forward to hearing from you.