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Sean’s Luminous Story

Did you know Medications can affect your teeth? Certain high blood pressure meds or antidepressants cause dry mouth leading to greater risk of caries (aka cavities) because of a lack of buffering with saliva. For our patient Sean, he suffered from gastric reflux for years and the acidity took a toll on his teeth. This leads to broken down teeth, lack of better digestion, starting with chewing, and sensitivity because of the enamel deterioration.

In Sean’s case, Dr. Desai provided a dental veneer treatment which helped him achieve the smile he’s always envisioned. The benefits of porcelain veneers are : Stain Resistant, Durable, Quick Placement, and Improved Self Confidence. You’ve probably heard of several celebrities and well-known public figures who have opted for this treatment. As a relatively conservative cosmetic procedure, veneers continue to be one of the most popular procedures performed by Luminous Smiles.

 

According to the Mayo clinic, these situations for people like Sean can lead to acute enamel erosion : 

Certain foods and drinks. Foods that cling to your teeth for a long time — such as milk, ice cream, honey, sugar, soda, dried fruit, cake, cookies, hard candy and mints, dry cereal, and chips — are more likely to cause decay than foods that are easily washed away by saliva.

Frequent snacking or sipping. When you steadily snack or sip sugary drinks, you give mouth bacteria more fuel to produce acids that attack your teeth and wear them down. And sipping soda or other acidic drinks throughout the day helps create a continual acid bath over your teeth.

Older age. Older adults also are at higher risk. Over time, teeth can wear down and gums may recede, making teeth more vulnerable to root decay. Older adults also may use more medications that reduce saliva flow, increasing the risk of tooth decay.

Dry mouth. Dry mouth is caused by a lack of saliva, which helps prevent tooth decay by washing away food and plaque from your teeth. Substances found in saliva also help counter the acid produced by bacteria. Certain medications, some medical conditions, radiation to your head or neck, or certain chemotherapy drugs can increase your risk of cavities by reducing saliva production.

Heartburn. Heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can cause stomach acid to flow into your mouth (reflux), wearing away the enamel of your teeth and causing significant tooth damage. This exposes more of the dentin to attack by bacteria, creating tooth decay.

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