Posted by Dr.Bird on Jun 9 2021, 11:20 PM
Tooth erosion happens when the tooth's enamel wears away, exposing the underlying dentin. The loss of dentin could leave your tooth more vulnerable to plaque, sensitivity, bacteria, tooth decay, and cavities.
While intake of excess sugar causes tooth decay, it isn't the only culprit. Intrinsic or extrinsic factors could also lead to tooth erosion. The intrinsic factors include acid reflux and excessive vomiting, while outside factors could be related to your diet, for example, the consumption of acidic foods.
Foods and drinks with high acidity levels can wear away the teeth's enamel, causing stains, discoloration, decay, and sensitivity. It also leads to demineralization, leaving your teeth's dentin exposed. This makes the teeth more vulnerable to sensitivity.
It is critical to notice the early signs of tooth erosion to prevent more severe damage, such as cracks, pain, and tooth decay.
Dental erosion can cause the loss of the tooth's surface, leading to the need for complex dental treatment involving fillings, veneers, crowns, and root canal treatment.
You can't fully stop the consumption of acidic foods. Instead, follow these tips to reduce the ill effects of acid on the teeth.
Visit your dental professional regularly to identify dental erosion early and prevent further dental decay and tooth wear. Call Paradise Family Dental, WA, at (509) 581-0626 to schedule an appointment with our dentist.
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