Tooth Erosion

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Tooth erosion can be defined by the wear and tear that teeth go through with everyday life. Some however my experience a more rapid form of erosion due to their lifestyle or genetics.  Though tooth erosion over our lifetime is typically no cause for concern, those experience a faster form of erosion should seek out professional help to help prevent any more damage and preserve what is left of the teeth.

Tooth erosion initially impacts the top layer of the tooth (enamel) and then in some cases can wear through to the dentin. When the dentin is exposed, the tooth may feel sensitive.

Teeth are a large factor in our self-identity, which is why we know it’s important to feel confident in your smile. Mental health is just as important as your physical health. Please contact us if you are concerned about tooth erosion.

What causes tooth erosion?

Natural and healthy erosion is a product of eating and drinking. Though the leading cause of tooth erosion is acids which eat away at the enamel and can naturally occur due to medical conditions which cause vomiting, bringing acids up and onto the teeth. Acids also come from foods and drinks, here are just some of the products:

  • Carbonated drinks (including diet drinks and alcohol)
  • Smoothies and fruit juices.
  • Sauces containing vinegar, such as ketchup.
  • Dried fruits.
  • Sour candy.

How to prevent tooth erosion?

The simplest ways to prevent erosion of the teeth, is to implement lifestyle changes, the following guidance can help limit the probability of experiencing tooth erosion:

  • Brushing the teeth twice a day, using a fluoride toothpaste.
  • Not rinsing the mouth after brushing the teeth.
  • Flossing at least once a day.
  • Limiting the number of foods and drinks consumed, that contain acids.
  • Opting for sugar free alternatives for foods and drinks.

How to treat tooth erosion?

To treat tooth erosion, you will need to attend your routine appointments with your dentist. Attending appointments will allow your dentist to identify the cause of the erosion. Once the cause has been identified they will be able to advise the best course of treatment.

Typically, if it is due to eating habits, you dentist may help outline what food groups to avoid and reduce your intake on. They may also recommend you see your GP for further support regarding your approach to adapting your lifestyle. This may also include perusing help for any medical conditions that may be underlying.

If the cause has been identified and is being treated, the dentist will then look to repair any teeth that may have been damaged. Treatment can be in the form of fillings, dental crowns or even implants and dentures in extreme cases.

How to spot tooth erosion/ symptoms?

Tooth erosion may be slightly harder to spot with the untrained eye, so it is important to attend routine visits with your dentist. If not properly treated, tooth erosion can lead to decay and tooth loss.

Your tooth may appear a discoloured, dark, or even yellow (as the dentin is yellow). The tooth may feel sensitive to hot or cold foods, or even when eating or speaking. In cases of sever erosion the teeth may even appear small and worn down.


Where are we?

Just a short-walk from the nearest tube and DLR stops, German Dental is conveniently situated in the City of London, opening Monday-Friday from 10am-6pm for appointments.


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