Tooth erosion

Tooth erosion occurs when the teeth are exposed to acids, causing their surface layer to dissolve.

Causes of tooth erosion

The acids that cause tooth erosion can either come from your stomach( vomiting and reflux) or from your diet. Stomach contains very corrosive acids that are used for food digestion. When these acids come into contact with your teeth, they can cause significant damage. This is a common problem, especially to people with morning sickness, bulimia or reflux.

Dietary sources of acids that can cause tooth erosion

The following drinks and foods contain high levels of acids that can cause dental erosion:

  • Kombucha 
  • Soft drinks( with or without sugar)
  • Energy drinks
  • vinegar 
  • Citrus fruits, e.g. oranges, lemons and limes
  • Wine 
  • Most cordials
  • Vitamin waters
  • Pre-mixed alcoholic drinks
  • Fruit-flavoured lollies
  • Vitamin C tablets

Symptoms of dental erosion

When you see the following signs, you should seek dental erosion treatment services:

  • Tooth surface loss
  • Tooth surface becomes smooth and shiny
  • Dentine becomes sensitive to cold, hot or sweet foods
  • If tooth erosion treatment is not done, the enamel may wear away, exposing the underlying dentin(yellow depressions)

How to prevent tooth erosion

You can avoid treatment for tooth erosion by preventing it from occurring in the first place. To do so, you should limit the contact of acids with your teeth. Here are tips to help you:

  • Eat fruit instead of drinking fruit juice
  • Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet
  • Avoid juices and soft drinks and drink fluoridated water instead
  • Seek dental erosion treatment for the management of vomiting or reflux
  • Do not eat fruit between meals rather, eat it at mealtimes
  • Limit the consumption of anything acidic and when you take it, reduce the time it stays in your mouth
  • Avoid chewing vitamin C tablets. If possible, take vitamin C supplements that you can swallow whole
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush with fluoridated toothpaste and avoid abrasive toothpaste

Treatment for tooth erosion

Tooth erosion usually leads to the wear of the tooth surface. The lost surface can be replaced with crowns or filling materials. It is advisable to visit your dentist regularly for regular dental checkups so that he can identify dental erosion early, find out the cause, and then start tooth erosion treatment to prevent further erosion.

Commonly Asked Questions

Tooth erosion occurs when the teeth are exposed to acids, causing their surface layer to dissolve.
Yes. Stomach contains very corrosive acids that are used for food digestion. These acids come into contact with teeth during vomiting.

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