Tooth enamel erosion can be the source of discomfort and pain! Erosion typically occurs when acid, from foods we eat or drink, wears away the tooth enamel (hard outer layer of the tooth that gives it its structure). Our saliva contains calcium that helps to neutralize the acids in the food we eat. However, if we consume foods and drinks that contain a high amount of acid our saliva may not be able to keep up.
If your tooth enamel starts to wear away you may experience tooth pain because your teeth may become more sensitive to hot and cold foods. Your teeth may appear more yellow because the layer under the enamel is (dentin) is exposed. The bottom edges of your front teeth may appear translucent and you may develop small cracks and dents along the chewing surface.
Treatment and Repair
Reducing your risk for enamel erosion can be minimized by watching what foods and drinks you consume. If you are drinking high acid drinks like fruit juice and carbonated drinks of any kind, use a straw to minimize contact with teeth. Drink high acid drinks along with a meal and not in between to help protect teeth. Chewing sugar-free gum also helps to protect enamel by encouraging the production of saliva in your mouth.
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