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What Is Dental Erosion?

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Loss of tooth enamel, a thick covering that protects the tooth, due to acid attack is known as Dental Erosion. When tooth enamel gets damaged, dentine that is present underneath gets exposed, and it may result in sensitivity and pain.

Signs That You Have Dental Erosion

If you see holes on the surface of your teeth, worn away biting edges and tooth surfaces, then you might have dental erosion. The dentine underneath is dark yellow, unlike white enamel. Because of worn away enamel, your dentin can become extremely sensitive to both cold, heat, acidic drinks, or foods.

Causes of Dental Erosion

Eating or drinking anything acidic may cause the enamel on the teeth to become soft for a short period, and it loses its minerals. Whereas, your saliva will contribute to rejuvenating the enamel in no time. But if such acid attacks happen more regularly, there are chances that your enamel will lose its quality of getting repaired, and you will se chunks or small parts of enamel easily getting removed from your teeth.

Medical Problems Linked To Dental Erosion

Bulimia is a medical condition where the affected person gets sick and starts to lose weight. Their vomits contain a high level of acid that damages the enamel on your teeth. The stomach produces acids, and sometimes these acids can come up into your mouth; this is also known as gastroesophageal reflux. People who have a hiatus hernia, gastro-esophageal, or who consume excessive alcohol can even experience dental erosion because of vomiting.

What Should You Do to Prevent Dental Erosion?

    • Only consume acidic food items or drinks (sodas, juices, fizzy drinks) when you are having a meal. It can help you reduce acid attacks.
    • It is better to drink as soon as you take a sip without keeping it in your mouth for long. Using a straw can also help you to keep the drink away from your teeth.
    • At the end of any meal, it is beneficial to consume milk or cheese. They will cancel the acidic action caused by your food or drink.
    • Chewing sugar-free gum after eating will help you produce more amount of saliva to fight against acidic reaction.
    • Brush your teeth after one hour of eating or drinking. This can give your teeth time to rebuild the lost mineral content.
    • Use fluoride toothpaste to brush your teeth and a brush that has soft bristles.
    • For keeping fluoride on your teeth for an extended period, it is better to spit out rather than rinsing off.

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