Causes of Tooth Erosion and Its Prevention
Tooth erosion consists of the tooth’s protective enamel layer getting worn away. While erosion can occur naturally from biting and chewing, specific habits and conditions can accelerate the process, including the following:
Sugary foods and drinks. Plaque bacteria feed on sugar. When the bacteria digest the sugar, they produce acid, leading to tooth erosion.
Acidic foods and drinks. Limit your intake of citrus fruits, soda, coffee, and wine to lower your risk of tooth erosion.
Dry mouth. Dry mouth involves inadequate saliva production. When saliva doesn’t wash away food remnants properly, acids and sugar break down tooth enamel.
Brushing too hard. Brushing with an abrasive toothpaste, a hard bristled toothbrush, and/or simply too much pressure can create friction on the teeth, which wears away enamel.
Chronic teeth grinding. Teeth grinding puts the teeth under regular friction, which can contribute to tooth erosion.
Acid reflux and frequent vomiting. Any condition that enables stomach acids to come in direct contact with the teeth, including acid reflux and frequent vomiting, can increase tooth erosion.
The most important ways to decrease risk of tooth erosion are to limit intake of acidic and sugary foods and practice sound oral hygiene techniques. Brush your teeth twice daily, floss daily, and have regular dental checkups and cleanings. If you do have any dental issues, get them checked out as soon as possible to minimize further erosion. Depending on the nature and degree of your tooth erosion, a dentist may suggest tooth colored fillings, porcelain crowns, inlays, and onlays to treat erosion.
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