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When Acid Erodes Your Teeth, What Happens to Them?


Posted on 1/25/2017 by Office
A man suffering from severe acid reflux.
Acid erosion is a common issue for teeth. Acids build up in the mouth and begin to eat away at the enamel of your teeth. This can leave you reeling from sensitivity, or it can lead you down the path of having more cavities.

Acid erosion is something you can control to some extent, so you need to make sure you are taking proper care of your teeth and gums. That is the best way of avoiding the pain that comes with acid erosion.

The Effects of Acid Erosion

Eating or drinking anything sweet can alter the pH level in your mouth, which can then increase the ability for acid-creating bacteria to thrive. These bacteria eat away at your teeth, removing the minerals from your teeth and leaving microscopic holes all around your teeth.

This leaves you with spaces in each tooth where food particles can get stuck and leave you with a cavity, or places where temperature changes can affect the dentin and root of your tooth directly.

The items that are most likely to blame if you have acid erosion of your teeth include sweet drinks, such as sports drinks or fruit juices, and carbonated beverages, such as wine and beer. If you tend to vomit a lot, that can also lead to acid erosion.

If your teeth are at risk for acid erosion, you need to go in and see your dentist. They will want to keep track of your teeth and make sure to stay ahead of cavities that may be forming in your mouth.

Acids do not have to make it to where your teeth hurt or eating and drinking becomes a chore. Seeing your dentist regularly plus taking good care of your mouth can help. Contact our office for more information today!

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