Dental Erosion

Dental erosion, also known as Acid erosion, is the irreversible loss of tooth structure due to chemical dissolution by acids not of bacterial origin. Dental erosion is the most common chronic disease of children ages 5–17, although it is only relatively recently that it has been recognized as a dental health problem. There is generally widespread ignorance of the damaging effects of acid erosion; this is particularly the case with erosion due to fruit juices, because they tend to be seen as healthy. Erosion is found initially in the enamel and, if unchecked, may proceed to the underlying dentin

Tooth Erosion
  • Over consumption fruit juices and fresh fruits is not the best option for teeth because they are too acidic. Most of the popular carbonated drinks, soft drinks, sports drinks and diet drinks are also very acidic.
  • Chlorine and other chemicals in swimming pools can cause erosion over time.
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease or acid reflux, in which stomach acids come up into the oesophagus and mouth, can cause severe tooth erosion.
  • Alcoholism could also cause vomiting related loss of tooth enamel.
Frequent consumption of acidic foods and drinks is the main cause of tooth enamel loss.

Teeth Discoloration: Since the dentin of the tooth is exposed during tooth erosion, discoloration or yellowing of the teeth can occur.

Tooth Sensitivity: Sensitive teeth are very common symptoms of teeth erosion because the enamel that protects the teeth wears away.

Medications & Treatments
You must not brush your teeth very frequently, that is, more than twice a day. teeth.
  • You must restrict the intake of carbonated drinks.
  • You must also restrict the consumption of apple and orange juices. You should use a straw to drink juices so as to avoid the contact of these acidic drinks with teeth.
  • You may also use remineralizing agents like sodium fluoride immediately before brushing your teeth.
  • You must drink milk and consume other dairy products regularly in your diet.
  • You must consume foods with high calcium content so as to strengthen your teeth. These foods include yogurt, cheese, peas, broccoli, almonds, white beans, and salmon.
  • You may use antacid agents so as to control the internal acidic sources.
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