What is tooth erosion?
Tooth erosion is the loss of enamel and dentine from your teeth. Enamel is the protective coating on the surface of your teeth which covers the more sensitive dentine layer underneath.
When the enamel erodes, the dentine becomes exposed which can result in sensitivity.
How do I know if I have tooth erosion?
If you have dental erosion, your teeth may look darker and yellower (because dentine is this colour). Your teeth may become more sensitivity and, if your enamel breaks down, you’re at increased risk of tooth decay.
If the erosion is quite severe, your teeth may begin to look smaller and worn. If you think you may have tooth erosion, speak to your dentist.
What causes tooth erosion?
Tooth erosion happens when acid attacks the surfaces of your teeth. How acidic something is can be measured by its pH value. Anything that has a pH value lower than 5.5 is acidic and can harm your teeth.
Unlike tooth decay, erosion is nothing to do with plaque (the thin, sticky film that sometimes coats your teeth and contains bacteria). The acids that harm your teeth come directly from acidic foods and drinks. These include, but are not limited to:
- Fruit juices
- Diet and non-diet fizzy drinks
- Sports drinks
- Fizzy alcopops
- Flavoured fizzy water (if you drink a lot of it)
- Vinegary sauces, such as ketchup and brown sauce
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