What is Tooth Erosion?
Tooth erosion is the irreversible breakdown of the teeth caused by one main culprit- Acid. Over time, the acid in the things you eat and drink can wreak havoc on your teeth. Beverages like fruit juices, soda and coffee have high levels of acidity that can slowly erode your teeth.
Does Acid Reflux Cause Tooth Erosion?
Yes. A person suffering from acid reflux disorder or GERD, a form of severe heartburn, has acid from the stomach traveling up their throat. Over time this stomach acid can begin to erode the inside surfaces of the teeth.
What Else Can Cause Acid to Erode the Teeth?
People with conditions that cause them to vomit frequently, such as eating disorders or severe illnesses, can also suffer from tooth erosion. Chronic dry mouth can also cause tooth erosion since there isn’t enough saliva present to rinse away acids found in common foods and drinks.
How Do I Know if I Have Tooth Erosion?
When tooth erosion begins, the chewing surfaces of your teeth become extra sensitive. Hot or cold food could cause pain, or even touch. Once the erosion has already started, the enamel is no longer present to protect the dentin of the teeth, causing sensitivity. The teeth also begin to appear shiny or transparent and yellow staining is much more visible. Your teeth may even change shape and have visible dimples in the chewing surface.
How Can I Prevent Tooth Erosion?
There are some things you can do to prevent tooth erosion:
- Eat a Healthy Diet
- Only Eat Sugary Foods During Meals
- Stay Away from Sodas and Sugary Drinks
- Drink Your Coffee or Tea Through a Straw
- Talk to Your Doctor About Acid Reflux Medication
- Chew Sugarless Gum After Meals
Have you noticed signs of tooth erosion? Only your dentist can confirm tooth erosion and begin treating it properly. Call Huntingdon Valley Dental Arts to make an appointment with Dr. Zola Makrauer or Dr. Julie Miller today.