Causes of Tooth Erosion: Protecting Your Tooth Enamel

By Mark Davis on June 13, 2018

The anatomy of a toothAlso known as acidic erosion, tooth erosion refers to damage to enamel as a result of an acidic oral pH. Weakened tooth enamel can lead to the underlying dentin layer being exposed as well as teeth more prone to fractures. Various restorative dentistry treatments at our Scottsdale, AZ practice can be used to repair the damage done.

Prevention is often the best medicine. With that in mind, let’s consider the common causes of acidic erosion and offer tips on how to protect your tooth enamel.

Sodas and Carbonated Beverages

If you drink lots of soft drinks, beer, or champagne, it can have serious effects on your general health. Turns out these beverages can also affect your smile. The carbonation increases acidity in the mouth. Rather than drinking these bubbly drinks, consider limiting your consumption and drinking water instead.

Sugary Fruit Juices and Other Sweetened Drinks

Carbonation isn’t the only culprit when it comes to oral acidity. Drinks that contain excessive sugar and too many artificial sweeteners can also increase acidity. These drinks also make tooth decay more likely. Again, the best option is to limit your consumption of these beverages and have water instead.

Dry Mouth

When your mouth lacks saliva, your teeth are not able to remineralize properly. This increases the risk of tooth decay and enamel erosion. Again, water comes to the rescue. If your mouth is dry, have some water. If your dry mouth is persistent, be sure to speak with your doctor about the issue as it may be the symptom of a more serious health problem.

Poor Dietary Habits

Eating the wrong kinds of foods can make tooth decay, acidic erosion, and many other dental problems more likely. Try to avoid starchy and sugary foods, focusing more on vegetables, fruits, lean proteins, and whole grains. Sugary foods should be treats rather than staples of your diet.

Use of Aspirin and Antihistamines

While aspirin and antihistamines are helpful for treating pain, thinning the blood, and managing allergies, they have been linked to enamel erosion. Be sure to discuss your use of these drugs with your doctor. They may have insight into better options for care.

Acid Reflux (GERD)

Acid reflux can lea to problems with dental erosion if the GERD continues for a long period of time. Be sure to discuss treatment options with your doctor. You may also find changes to your diet are in order to keep your acid reflux under control.

Bulimia and Eating Disorders

When a person suffers from bulimia, the purging causes bile and other acidic substances to make contact with their teeth. There is also a linger acidity in the mouth. Enamel erosion is just one of the warning signs to note. If you notice a loved one struggling with bulimia or another eating disorder, be sure to reach out and help them speak with a medical professional. It’s important to look out for friends and loved ones in their time of need.

Your Genetics

Your family history can determine a lot of your life. Some people may have a genetic predisposition to a higher tooth decay or acidic erosion risk. If that is the case, hydration with water, a good diet, and regular dental visits can help manage these problems and keep your smile healthy.

Learn More About Treating Dental Erosion

For more information about treating dental erosion and enhancing your overall dental health and wellness, be sure to contact an experienced cosmetic and restorative dentist. The team at David Dentistry is here to help you smile with renewed confidence.

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