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Tooth Erosion

Many people consume carbonated beverages, fruit juice and highly acidic foods every day but probably don’t realize that they may be harming their teeth. The acid in the foods we eat and drink can cause tooth enamel to wear away and teeth can become sensitive and discolored. In many cases, it’s not what you eat and drink that is as important as how you consume these foods.

What is tooth erosion?

Tooth erosion, or tooth wear, is the loss of tooth structure caused by the weakening of dental enamel. Dental enamel is the thin, outer layer of hard tissue that helps maintain the tooth’s structure and shape. When the enamel weakens, it exposes the underlying dentin (the tissue that makes up the core of each tooth), causing the teeth to appear yellow.

Teeth with Enamel Erosion

  Teeth with Enamel Erosion

Acid Attack on Teeth Enamel

  • Acid in foods can wear away tooth enamel
  • Underneath enamel is dentin which is not as strong as tooth enamel and can become very sensitive and prone to decay

What can cause tooth erosion?

  • Carbonated beverages
  • Fruit Juice, Wine
  • Lemon water, Fruit, Pickles
  • Acid Reflux and Bulimia
  • Morning sickness during pregnancy

Signs of enamel tooth erosion

  • Sensitivity to cold, hot and sweets
  • Yellow coloring of tooth surface due to thinning enamel
  • Cupping-rounded appearance of chewing surfaces

Prevention

  • Limit acidic foods to meal time
  • Consume acid foods as soon as possible
  • Rinse with water after meals
  • Wait 30 minutes before brushing after acidic foods
  • Use a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste
  • Chew sugar free gum to stimulate saliva to neutralize the mouth’s pH

The oral health information on this web site is intended for educational purposes only. You should always consult a licensed dentist or other qualified health care professional for any questions concerning your oral health.