Tooth Erosion

What is tooth erosion?

The loss of the surrounding tooth structure, where the hard part of your teeth (enamel) is worn away by acid. Over time, this may cause your teeth to become sensitive, cracked, and discolored.

What causes tooth erosion?

Acid is one of the main causes. Drinking carbonated beverages, energy and sports drinks, and pure fruit juice all contain high levels of acid. This can cause tooth erosion especially if consumed in large quantities. Certain medical conditions, such as acid reflux and bulimia can also cause tooth erosion.

Signs and symptoms of tooth erosion:

  • Sensitivity
  • Discolorations
  • Rounded teeth
  • Transparency
  • Cracks
  • Cupping

How to prevent tooth erosion:

  • Cut down on your consumption of carbonated beverages, sports and energy drinks, and pure fruit juice
  • Drink acidic drinks quickly and with straw
  • Do not swish acid drinks rinse your mouth with water to neutralize the acids and wait at least one hour before brushing teeth
  • After consuming acidic drunks, rinse your mouth with water to neutralize the acids and wait at least one hour before brushing your teeth
  • Chew sugar free gum, which helps your mouth to produce saliva to remineralize your teeth
  • Brush with a soft toothbrush and make sure your toothpaste contains high levels of fluoride

Make sure to speak with your dentist and hygienist about your oral hygiene and find out what else you can do to protect yourself from tooth erosion impacts everyone in different ways. Call if you have any questions regarding tooth erosion 352-795-1223