What is tooth erosion?
Tooth enamel is the strongest substance in our body, but it can be subjected to tooth erosion.
Tooth erosion is the loss of tooth structure caused by the weakening of dental enamel through demineralisation.
When consuming acidic foods and drinks you may be harming their teeth causing enamel to wear away and making your teeth sensitive and discoloured.
Usually, calcium in saliva will help to remineralise your teeth after you eat food or drink. However, having continuous acid in your mouth can prevent remineralisation from happening.
What sources of food and drinks have acid?
Carbonated and sugary drinks.
Eating sour food and lollies.
Low volume of saliva.
Acid reflux brings stomach acids up to the mouth.
Brushing your teeth too hard or grinding your teeth at night.
What are the symptoms of tooth erosion?
Erosion can lead to serious dental issues. Your teeth may become more vulnerable to cavities and decay and you may notice the following symptoms:
Severe sensitivity and or tooth pain
Cracks forming in teeth
Pits on the surfaces of your teeth
Rounded teeth shape
Thinning or shortened teeth
How do I prevent tooth erosion?
Choose water which has neutral ph levels.
Remove or reduce carbonated drinks.
If after consuming acidic food or drinks, drink water to neutralise these acids.
Consume acidic drinks quickly and use a straw so it minimises contact with teeth.
Only eat acidic foods and drinks during meal-times.
Chew sugar-free gum to produce more saliva to helps your teeth remineralise.
Brush with a soft toothbrush and be sure your toothpaste contains fluoride.
It’s imperative to realise that the majority of dental problems, such as tooth erosion, do not become visible or painful until they are advanced. A regular check-up and deep cleaning twice a year by our team at Bella Dental Penrith to help prevent any issues that would otherwise not be picked up.
Make sure your teeth get the professional attention they deserve! Please call us to schedule an appointment.