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Two Main Causes of Tooth Erosion

Posted on 6/20/2022 by Dr. Jae Seon Kim
Two Main Causes of Tooth ErosionTooth erosion is a case where acids dissolve part of the tooth enamel. Eroded teeth may become sharp, discolored, and sensitive to hot or cold food and drinks. Tooth erosion may occur at any age, but the elderly are more susceptible to this dental problem since they cannot produce enough saliva in their mouths to wash away the acids present.
It is important to treat tooth erosion to prevent loss of tooth structure. Our team of experts can treat this problem by applying treatment to both the internal and external parts of the tooth. Such procedures may include root canal installation, veneers, and filings.

Causes of tooth Erosion

External causes of tooth erosion include exposure to an acidic environment where airborne acids are produced. Such acids may cause acid to find its way to your mouth and teeth leading to erosion and consumption of too many citrus fruits and caffeine. Caffeine reduces saliva production in the mouth leading to acid build-up. Medicine such as chewable vitamin C and liquid iron may also lead to tooth erosion.

Internal causes of tooth erosion are linked to health conditions such as alcoholism. If you are an alcoholic, you tend to consume high amounts of alcohol made from ethanol, an acid, and it ends up eroding your teeth. Other health conditions that may lead to tooth erosion include excessive vomiting and gastric reflux.

Preventive measures

Tooth erosion may be prevented by drinking water after consuming acidic foods or drinks. The water helps flush out the acids. Reducing alcohol consumption will also help prevent tooth erosion. Lastly, regular dental visits are vital to prevent tooth erosion as our dentists will detect the symptoms before they become a problem.

Book an appointment with our experts today to get high-quality treatment for tooth erosion and receive expert advice on measures you may take to prevent developing this dental problem.
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