Dental Erosion

Dental Erosion

Dental erosion is caused by a loss of the hard enamel coating on the tooth, leaving the dentine within the tooth exposed. This causes increased sensitivity and greater likelihood for pain when eating/drinking.

Acidic foods, alcohol exposure, and conditions which involve frequent vomiting are all major contributors to dental erosion. This is because they each involve regular exposure to substances which contain agents that are harmful to the teeth, meaning that over time the enamel begins to wear away.

Fizzy drinks and alcoholic beverage intake should be minimised in order to protect your teeth as much as possible. Water and milk are the most healthy drinks to keep your teeth healthy.

Regular brushing of the teeth is the most effective way of preventing dental erosion, and should be done twice daily (making sure the each brush takes place at least one hour after eating). Fluoride toothpaste should be used, and the content recommended varies depending on the age of the person. Consult your dentist on which toothpaste is right for you.

There are a number of ways to treat dental erosion, but before ascertaining which treatment you require, an assessment with your dentist is essential.