Dental Problems

Prevention of Tooth Erosion

Tooth ErosionTeeth have a tough outer covering known as enamel, which protects the teeth when we chew, bite or crunch. But, certain acidic drinks and foods can dissolve away the enamel. This thinning of the tooth enamel is known as tooth enamel erosion. Tooth erosion can leave the teeth sensitive to hot and cold foods and acidic drinks. Gradually it can also lead to tooth decay.

Causes of Tooth Erosion:

  • Soft drinks, canned tea and energy  drinks can expose the teeth to acids and cause tooth erosion.
  • Fruit juices, squashes, canned iced tea can have high acidic content and can thin the enamel
  • Citrus fruits and pickles can also cause tooth erosion
  • Certain medications  such as antihistamines can cause tooth erosion
  • Soft drinks, both diet and regular versions also have similar effect in thinning the enamel.

Symptoms of Tooth Erosion:

  • Sensitivity to hot and cold foods/drinks. Consuming sweets can also cause sensitivity
  • Pain when hot and cold foods/drinks are consumed
  • Discoloration of the teeth
  • Rough, irregular edges of the teeth

High consumption of soft drinks have been attributed to tooth erosion. These drinks also contain sugar, which can cause tooth decay.

Prevention of Tooth Erosion:

  • Avoid excessive consumption acidic foods and drinks. Limit the intake carbonated drinks, soft drinks, and citrus juices
  • Use a straw whenever you drink soft drinks. The straw avoids the teeth and pushes the drink to the back of the mouth
  • Rinse your mouth with water after consuming acidic foods or drinks
  • Avoid snacking throughout the day, as this can expose your teeth to acids and sugars
  • Drink more water
  • Chew sugar-free gum as it can promote the saliva production
  • Use a fluoride toothpaste, as it can strengthen the teeth

Along with the above solutions, brushing twice and flossing daily can keep protect your teeth from erosion. If you find you teeth are extremely sensitive, do consult your dentist for treatment of tooth erosion.

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