Causes and Treatment for Tooth Erosion

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Causes and Treatment for Tooth Erosion

If you’re thinking tooth erosion and tooth decay are one and the same, you’re wrong. But dentists agree that both are serious dental problems which, if left untreated, will require restorative dental procedures.

Furthermore, most people are familiar with tooth decay which is caused by a combination of bacteria feeding on the sugars contained in food debris in the mouth, acids produced by the bacteria, food particles and saliva leading to the formation of plaque.

Tooth erosion (a.k.a. “acid erosion” and “dental erosion”), on the other hand, is the result of acid attacking the enamel. Having an acidic pH in the mouth means the tooth enamel will gradually erode or get worn away, leading to painful dental complications.

And while the enamel is actually known to be the hardest tissue in the human body, once it is damaged, there is no way for it to regenerate or grow back. Tooth enamel does not contain any living cells, so once it is lost, it is lost forever.

So, to help you avoid losing your teeth’s precious enamel to acid, Shreveport dentistDr. Benjamin Kacos, put together this handy guide for you to know the causes and treatment for tooth erosion.

What causes tooth erosion?

As mentioned earlier, tooth erosion is also sometimes called “acid erosion” mainly because it is the acids that attack the tooth enamel which leads to its getting worn away.

So, here’s a list of what causes tooth erosion:

  • The excessive intake of soda or soft drinks which are inherently high in acid content
  • Fruit juices concentrate or any variations (all have high acid content)
  • Xerostomia or dry mouth conditions
  • High-sugar or high-starch diet
  • GERD or acid reflux
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Certain medications
  • Genetic or an inherited condition
  • Environmental factors (oral region: attrition, abrasion, corrosion)

Ways to Prevent Tooth Erosion

A simple method of helping prevent tooth erosion is by limiting your intake of the following items which make your mouth more acidic:

  • Fruit juice and carbonated drinks
  • Apples
  • Wine and beer
  • Coffee
  • Vinegar and soy sauce

In addition, to learn how to prevent tooth erosion, read this article from our blog.

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