Tooth erosion is the dissolving of the surface layer of tooth substance when exposed to acids. These acids are not produced by harmful bacteria. Tooth erosion is not tooth decay. These acids are in fruit juices, soft drinks and stomach acid reflux. Promoted as health drinks, these are wolves in sheep’s clothing. Unlike tooth decay, all teeth are affected.
The teeth shrink in size, like peeling away the layers of an onion. The condition is painless and unnoticed until severe damage is done. The damage is irreversible. It is a disease of modern society. The softened enamel is easily removed by toothbrushing, so the desire to wash teeth after drinking juices and colas causes tooth abrasion as well. Both conditions combine with dramatic destructive consequences. These acids are so destructive that there is no healthy balance or preventive model.
Making sure that you eat and drink the right foods and beverages is important and is the main way to prevent tooth enamel erosion from happening. Avoid drinking sugary drinks, diet sodas, fruit drinks, and carbonated drinks that causes the mouth to be acidic. If erosion has occurred, using desensitizing toothpaste can help reduce the pain.
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