April 26, 2010
I’ve noticed over the last year more patients are attending complaining of chipped, glassy, see-through teeth that are sensitive to hot/cold food and drink. Does this sound familiar to you? If so, you may have signs of dental erosion.
Tooth erosion is the irreversible loss of tooth structure due to acid. It is the most common chronic disease of children aged 5-17 years. Acids initially soften the enamel (outer layer of the tooth) but may proceed to the underlying dentine.
The most common cause of erosion is by acidic food and drink. Notably fruit, fruit juice, carbonated drinks, fruit flavoured drinks, wine, balsamic vinegar and sports drinks. The most important factor influencing tooth erosion is the frequency of “acid attacks” rather than the total intake of acidic food/drink.
Another cause of erosion can be from gastric acid from the stomach that comes in contact with the teeth. Patients with diseases such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia and gastroesophageal reflux disease often suffer from tooth erosion.
Everyone with natural teeth is likely to develop some signs of tooth wear but many patients are unlikely to be aware that it’s happening to them until it has reached an advanced stage.
Acid erosion can progress to cause:
Dr Sarah Cusack
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