Tooth Enamel Erosion: What Is It?
Acid erosion is an oral health concern that continues to grow in prevalence. Acid erosion (also known as erosive tooth wear, acid wear, enamel erosion or tooth erosion) is the process that can lead to the irreversible loss of precious tooth enamel uncovering the yellower dentine layer making the teeth appear yellow and dull.
Acid erosion is primarily caused by the acids contained in many everyday acidic foods and drinks. As many as 4 acidic challenges a day e.g. fruit juices and soft drinks is linked to increased risk of acid erosion. When acids come into contact with teeth, the hard enamel surface can temporarily soften, leaving it more vulnerable to damage from contact with other surfaces such as other teeth, a toothbrush, even the tongue.
This condition is actually on the rise as a result of more people adopting healthier lifestyles, with 1 in 3 under 35s showing signs of acid erosion. Pronamel doesn’t want to dissuade people from enjoying a healthy diet, but instead to protect enamel wherever possible. For example, consuming acidic food and drinks as part of a meal as opposed to snacking on them throughout the day.
Brushing too hard can speed up wear caused by the acids contained in food and drink. This is particularly important in the minutes after eating or drinking acidic foodstuffs when enamel is most susceptible to damage. Other causes can be regular use of certain medications or gastric reflux.