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Benefits news--Taking proactive measures to prevent tooth erosion

Sep 4, 2014

What is tooth erosion?

Tooth erosion, or tooth wear, is the loss of tooth structure caused by the weakening of dental enamel. 

Dental enamel is the thin, outer layer of hard tissue that helps maintain the tooth's structure and shape. When enamel weakens, it exposes the underlying dentin or the tissue that makes up the core of each tooth, causing the teeth to appear yellow. Tooth erosion may occur when the enamel on your teeth is weakened by the acid found in many foods and beverages. 

Usually the calcium contained in saliva will help remineralize (or strengthen) your teeth after you consume small amounts of acid; however, the presence of a lot of acid in your mouth does not allow for remineralization.  Acid comes from many different sources, including the following:  

  • Carbonated drinks
  • Fruit juice and Wine
  • Fruits and pickled vegetables
  • Yogurt and Honey

Here are some suggestions to prevent tooth erosion:

  • Reduce or eliminate drinking carbonated beverages.
  • If you must drink acidic drinks, drink them quickly through a straw.
  • Consider rinsing your mouth with water to neutralize the acids.
  • Chew sugar-free gum to produce more saliva, as this helps your teeth remineralize.
  • Brush with soft toothbrush and be sure your toothpaste has fluoride.

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