Dental Erosion

Dental erosion is loss of tooth enamel and other tooth structure from frequent exposure to acid.

Common causes of dental erosion include:

  • Frequent intake of acidic foods and drinks including; wine, sports drinks, fruit juice, cordial, vinegar
  • Acidic medications including; chewable vitamin C, cough syrups and antiseptic mouthwash
  • Medications; asthma, blood pressure, chemotherapy, asprin, anti inflammatories
  • Dry mouth
  • Smoking
  • Reflux, morning sickness, bulimia, peptic ulcer, Sjogrens syndrome
  • Frequent exposure to swimming pool water
  • Chronic dehydration

When tooth enamel is exposed pain and sensitivity are common. If severe the tooth may abscess.

Restorative work may be required when erosion is present including composite filling, porcelain veneer, inlay, onlay or crown.

Recommendation:

  • drink more water if you suffer from dry mouth
  • use fluoride toothpaste
  • preventative sealants

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