Tooth erosion happens when acids wear away the enamel on teeth. Dental erosion is second only to cavities as a cause of tooth structure loss and is critical to diagnose and follow. Erosion can be attributed to consuming too many acidic foods or drinks. Soft drinks that contain phosphoric and citric acids are erosive and some fruit drinks are more erosive than battery acid. Another cause of erosion is gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD. Early detection and treatment of GERD can minimize erosion and aid in the prevention of adenocarcinoma of the esophagus.
To help minimize erosion:
- Monitor snacking.
- Drink more water and less sodas and fruit drinks.
- Use a fluoride toothpaste.
If enamel erosion gets too extensive we will recommend restoring the enamel with bonding or another type of dental restoration.