Acid erosion is one of the main reasons that people end up needing dental treatment. Acid erodes the enamel on your teeth. Enamel is the hard-outer layer of your teeth – it is harder than steel, yes steel! – but don’t take it for granted. Without proper attention, acid erosion can lead to fillings, root canal and worse tooth removal. We’ve got the full lowdown on everything acid damage, so you know everything you need to keep your teeth in tip-top condition.
What is acid erosion?
Acid erosion is caused when natural bacteria in your mouth reacts with the food and drink you consume. This chemical reaction causes acid. If left untreated, it will erode the lovely white enamel on your teeth and cause all kinds of problems!
What causes acid erosion?
The level of acid in your mouth depends on what you’re eating and drinking. Here’s a few major culprits that aren’t doing your teeth any favours:
- Citrus fruit and juices
- Tomato products (pasta sauce, ketchup, hot sauce, salsa)
- Fizzy pop
- Squash cordial
Some of the things on this list are in fact good for you (whilst others are just irresistible) so just remember to always enjoy in moderation – plus drink water alongside them, too.
How do you prevent acid erosion?
The best way to stop acid erosion is to prevent it at the root cause. This is much easier than it sounds, don’t worry.
Firstly, get a good dental hygiene routine going. That means brushing with a fluoride toothpaste for two minutes (minimum), twice a day, as well as flossing periodically.
Secondly, wait at least half an hour after consuming anything acidic before brushing your teeth. This is important because acid immediately weakens your enamel and brushing too soon could damage the enamel when it is at its most compromised.
Lastly, there’s balance: that means drinking water with every meal and snack, as well as replacing some acidic favourites with better alternatives.
How can you treat acid erosion?
When you begin to get tooth ache and your teeth are beginning to discolour, acid erosion has taken hold and treatment is required. Our team here in Islington will be able to suggest the right treatment for you, which could be a simple filling or even a veneer option where a thin layer of porcelain is put over the affected area.
Even if you haven’t experienced acid erosion, it is always best to be on top of your dental health. One of the best ways to do this is to get regular oral hygiene check-ups, as our hygienists will be able to professionally assess your oral health! Here at London City Smiles, we offer affordable annual hygiene care plans for new and old patients alike – you can find out more here.