Dental Erosion | Dental Dilemmas | Bolton News | 19th January 2016

What Causes Dental Erosion?: Dr Mohsin Patel Answers your Dental Dilemmas

Dental Erosion | Dr Mohsin Patel | Dental Dilemmas | Bolton News

Dental erosion is caused when the tooth enamel is worn away by acid.  The enamel of your teeth protects the sensitive dentine beneath.  When the enamel wears away, the dentine is exposed, leading to sensitivity and pain to hot, cold, acidic or even sweet food and drinks.

Every time the enamel on your teeth comes into contact with acidic food and drink, your teeth lose some mineral content and they become softer for a little while.  Your saliva will eventually help restore the natural balance.  However, if your teeth come into contact with acid too often, your mouth will not get a chance to repair itself and over time, the enamel will be worn away.

Erosion can be caused by, and is not limited to the following: fizzy drinks such as pop and carbonated drinks, acidic fruit and fruit juices, alcohol such as alcopops and coolers.

You can help prevent erosion by limiting the amount of acidic food and drink you consume, and just have them during mealtimes – this will reduce the amount of acid attacks on your teeth.

Drinking water is always the best choice for your teeth.  Milk is also good as it will help cancel out any acids in your mouth.

Chewing sugar-free gum after eating will help produce saliva to restore the natural balance of your mouth.

After consuming anything acidic, wait one hour for teeth to build up mineral content before brushing.  Brush last thing at night and at one other time during the day with fluoride toothpaste.

Give Synergy Farnworth a Call About Your Dental Dilemmas

Contact the clinic by telephone on 01204 657513 or by emailing at swanlane@synergydental.org.uk about any issues, concerns or questions you may have regarding your oral health.

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