Dental Erosion

Although the average person takes protective measures to safeguard their teeth daily and prevent unnecessary actions from dentists, much fewer are aware of the differences between tooth decay and tooth erosion. In dentistry, erosion is the wearing away of the enamel tissue from excessive exposure to acids. Unlike tooth decay, tooth erosion is not localized. It affects the entire tooth surface. Bacteria do not contribute to the condition. For those involved with dentistry, tooth erosion has become a serious issue because of the significant portion of the population who show signs of its symptoms. According to some research, as many as 50% percent of young persons in the United States and the UK examined had manifestations of tooth erosion in some form, and of that group, over 30% of documented cases suffered from severe developments of the condition. These high percentages are not limited to the youth. Tooth erosion affects a significant portion of all age groups, resulting in many dentists making prevention a priority. The nature of tooth erosion results in anyone being at risk for developing its symptoms unless preventive measures, mostly dietary, are taken. Excessive amounts of carbonated drinks and even fruit juices will augment the unwanted build-up of acids which is harmful to tooth enamel. For this reason, such beverages should be had in moderation, and in the case of many soda products, abstained from entirely. People with eating disorders, most commonly bulimia, are at a much higher risk of tooth erosion due the vomiting associated with their conditions. To help strengthen teeth, one should drink water and milk as a substitute for frequent acidic drinks. Also, dentists suggest avoiding the brushing of one’s teeth shortly after consuming an acidic drink, as the enamel tissue is soft from the drink and brushing would only further weaken it.

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