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What is tooth erosion?
Tooth erosion goes by many other names, including dental erosion and acid erosion. Tooth erosion involves the damage and loss of tooth structure because of other factors besides plaque and tooth decay. Like tooth decay, however, the tooth erosion will start at the enamel surface of the tooth and can steadily work its way to the dentin layer of the tooth over time.
Causes of Tooth Erosion
There are different causes of tooth erosion, but the most common cause is the acidity of many foods and drinks. These are foods that have a pH reading lower than 5.7. Such foods and beverages that you should look out for include:
- Lemon juice and lime juice
- Carbonated beverages
- Orange juice
- Apple juice
Another common cause of tooth erosion is gastric acid coming into contact with a person’s teeth. By gastric acid we mean bile and the other digestive fluids in your stomach. For this reason, many people who suffer from bulimia also experience tooth erosion over time.
When you come to our Fremont family and cosmetic dentistry practice, we will be sure to address these matters with you as they come up.
Dangers of Tooth Erosion
The first signs and dangers of tooth erosion tend to be aesthetic. As the enamel layer of the teeth is being eroded, it will reveal the underlying dentin layer of the teeth, which is yellowish in color. Another notable sign is the change in the shape of the teeth and an increase in the size of existing gaps between your teeth. Sometimes people may notice the appearance that their fillings are rising from their teeth.
Over time, the primary dangers to worry about are chipping, cracking, and severe injury of the eroded tooth. These will occur due to the compromised structure of the tooth as a result of the tooth erosion.
Dealing with Tooth Erosion
There are several things that you can do that can help reduce the effects of dental erosion. For one, you could use a straw rather than drinking from a cup. Bypassing the teeth is a great way to prevent ongoing problems. Changing your diet may be in order if you have serious erosion issues. And of course, if you do suffer from bulimia, please tell a loved one and your physician so you can get the help you need.
As far as restoring the appearance of your teeth, there are many different cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry options to consider. Sometimes bonding treatments and porcelain veneers may help, while other times you may need Fremont dental crowns or inlays and onlays. We will be able to make that call when you are here at the practice.
Learn More from Our Expert Dental Team
For more information about tooth erosion, how it can be treated, and other dental care topics, be sure to contact our Fremont family and cosmetic dentistry practice today. Our entire team looks forward to discussing these issues with you in person in more detail.