Foods and Beverages Responsible for Tooth Erosion
The outer layer of your teeth is made up of enamel, which defends your teeth against chemical and physical damage. The acids present in the foods and beverages that you consume can stain and wear down the enamel on your teeth and can result in teeth erosion. The cracked or chipped tooth enamel cannot be repaired, but you can prevent enamel wear and tear with regular dental visits and good oral hygiene.
Read on to learn about the foods and beverages that lead to tooth erosion.
What Are the Causes of Tooth Erosion?
Foods and beverages that cause tooth erosion include:
- Fruit juices and drinks
- Sugary foods such as syrups, caramel, and ice creams
- Sodas that contain phosphoric acid and citric acid in addition to sugar
- Citrus fruits, as they contain excess vitamin C
- Beverages such as red wine, cola, and coffee
Other tooth erosion causes include:
- Acid reflux disease
- Regular use of certain medications
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Teeth grinding
- Dry mouth
- Environmental factors such as corrosion, wear and tear, friction, and stress
How Is Tooth Erosion Treated?
Tooth erosion can be treated if the condition is diagnosed before it becomes worse. You can prevent severe damage by using mouth wash and fluoride toothpaste, and avoiding acidic foods and drinks.
Can Tooth Erosion Be Fixed?
Tooth bonding is required if enamel erosion has caused stains on your teeth. In this procedure, a tooth-colored material, known as resin, is applied to the damaged or stained teeth. The resin can protect your teeth and cover the stains on them.If you are experiencing severe enamel erosion, your dentist may place a dental crown or veneer on your damaged teeth to prevent further decay.
How Can I Stop Acid Erosion on My Teeth?
Tips to stop acid erosion on your teeth include:
Eat acidic foods with meals. This will help to neutralize the acids and reduce their contact with your teeth.
After consuming the acidic drinks or foods, sip water to wash them out of your mouth.
Use a straw for drinking acidic beverages to avoid acid erosion on your teeth and try to finish the drink quickly.
Consume low or no-sugar beverages such as coconut water, tea, and water.
Brush your teeth after 30 minutes of drinking or eating acidic beverages or foods to prevent damage to your enamel but rinse your mouth with water in the meantime.
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How Do I Know If My Tooth Enamel Is Damaged?
Tooth erosion symptoms are:
- Sensitivity to too cold or too hot foods and drinks
- Teeth stains
- Chips and cracks on the edges of teeth
- Severe pain
Why Do My Teeth Look Transparent?
Your front teeth near the biting edges can look transparent if more enamel wears away. Enamel repair or remineralizing toothpaste can fix transparent teeth if they are detected earlier on.
We can protect you and your family against dental enamel erosion. Contact us today to book a dental checkup at our practice.