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Friday, December 12, 2008

What is Tooth Erosion and How Can I Avoid It?

Tooth Erosion is the wearing away of tooth enamel by acid. It is caused by consuming acidic foods and drinks which allows the acid to dissolve away the surface of the tooth. Prolonged exposure to acid over a long period of time will result in a loss enamel. This loss of enamel will eventually cause the tooth to 'shrink' as it crumbles around the biting edge.

Tooth erosion can lead to a multitude of mild dental problems such as tooth discoloration or sensitive teeth as well as severe dental complications such as severe tooth tooth sensitivity or cracked teeth.

What Are the Symptoms of Tooth Erosion?

Some signs and symptoms of tooth erosion include:
  • Discoloration
  • Tooth Sensitivity
  • Rounded Tooth
  • Transparent or a sand blasted appearance
  • Cracking
  • Dents

What Can I Do To Prevent Tooth Erosion?

To prevent tooth erosion, one should:
  • Rinse your mouth with water after eating or drinking acidic foods or beverages.
  • Try to have water and milk, instead of carbonated drinks.
  • Use a straw when you are having any sweet drink. Also try to swallow acidic liquids quickly instead of swishing them around or holding them in your mouth.
  • Chewing sugar-free gum can help reduce dry mouth and increase the saliva flow.
  • Use a soft toothbrush and toothpaste that contains fluoride.
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