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Erosion occurs across the whole tooth surface and does not involve bacteria or dietary sugars but is the result of the direct action of acids on tooth enamel. These acids can come from your diet, gastric acid or from the environment.
Anyone at any age can be at risk of tooth erosion, not just the children. People who drink large amounts of fizzy drinks and fruit juices are at an increased risk because these drinks contain lots of acid that can dissolve tooth enamel. The ways in which drinks are consumed can also make a difference as keeping drinks in your mouth for a long time or swishing it around the teeth can increase the erosion.
You can reduce the risk of tooth erosion by:
Erosion usually shows when your teeth are wearing away on the tooth surface and biting edges. This can expose the dentine underneath, which is a darker, yellow colour than the enamel. Because the dentine is sensitive, your teeth can also be more sensitive to heat and cold or acidic foods and drinks.
At Chiswick Park Dental, we can help establish the cause of the tooth erosion by asking you questions about your health and diet. Depending on the patient, sometimes we recommend mouth rinses to help with sensitivity or even desensitising toothpaste such as Sensodyne may be advised. We will discuss different treatment options for each individual.
If you would like any advice on how to prevent and treat tooth erosion call the Chiswick Park Dental team on 020 8987 9977.