Causes of Enamel Erosion & How to Prevent it

Close-up of female with open mouth during oral checkup at the dentist’s

What Causes Enamel Erosion?
-Excessive soft drink consumption (high levels of phosphoric and citric acids)
– Fruit drinks (some acids in fruit drinks are more erosive than battery acid)
– Dry mouth or low salivary flow (xerostomia)
– Diet high in sugar and starches
– Acid reflux disease (GERD)
– Gastrointestinal problems
– Medications (aspirin, antihistamines)
– Genetics (inherited conditions)
– Environmental factors (friction, wear and tear, stress, and corrosion)

 

How Can I Protect My Enamel?
– Cut down on acidic drinks and foods, like sodas, citrus fruits, and juices
– Rinse your mouth with water right after you eat or drink something acidic
– Use a straw for sodas and fruit juices so they bypass the teeth
– Finish a meal with a glass of milk or a piece of cheese (this will cancel out acids)
– Chew sugar-free gum
– Drink more water during the day if you have dry mouth
– Use a soft toothbrush

To read more about what causes tooth enamel and how to prevent it click here and here.