Preventing teeth erosion leaflet
Romford And Ilford Chiropractic Clinc
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
Transcripts - Preventing teeth erosion leaflet
Preventing Tooth Erosion
313 High Road Chadwell Heath
Romford , Essex RM6 6AX
Tel : 0208 252 1010 : 0208 262 3140
Tooth erosion is a major cause of tooth wear and is a serious dental problem. Tooth erosion is caused by
extensive exposure to acidic substances. Teeth have a hard protective coating of enamel that protects the
underlying sensitive dentine. Acids temporarily soften the enamel and as a result, some of the mineral
particles are dissolved. Eroded teeth can use the minerals in saliva to slowly mend themselves. Fluoride
in toothpaste helps this process, but if the acid attack happens too often the enamel starts to wear away.
Erosion attacks the tooth's entire surface and you may not notice it at first. Extensive loss of enamel
makes the teeth thin and exposes the dentine. The teeth can then become extra sensitive to hot and cold
food and drink. The front teeth are often involved and look glassy, can appear short and can have
uneven tips that are easily chipped.
IDENTIFY SOURCES OF ACID
Acid enters the mouth by eating certain foods and drinks or it may come up from the stomach. People
vary greatly in their susceptibility to apparently similar acid attacks. You need to discover the cause of
your problem so that it can be treated.
Sources of acid include:-
Fizzy drinks, fruit juice, health and sports drinks,dry wine, cider and beer.
Citrus fruit, vinegar, pickles, salad dressings, sauces, curry and spicy foods.
Iron pills, some medicines, industrial chemicals (e.g. chlorine)
Pregnancy sickness, hiatus hernia, chronic indigestion or 'heartburn'
ATTEND FOR REGULAR CHECK-UPS, AT YOUR DENTIST
Detect the early signs of tooth erosion and prevent further damage
Record the severity and extent of the erosion and prevent further tooth wear
REDUCE THE FREQUENCY OF ACID ATTACKS, BY :
Limiting acid drinks or foods
Choosing neutral or alkaline drinks between meals for example herbal tea or water
Avoid sipping and 'swishing' acid drinks around the mouth
Using a straw to direct drinks to the back of the mouth (so that it misses your teeth)
PROTECT YOUR ENAMEL, BY:
Brushing your teeth twice a day, then spit, don't rinse
DO NOT BRUSH YOUR TEETH STRAIGHT AFTER CONTACT WITH ANY ACID. SIMPLY
RINSE WITH WATER AND WAIT AT LEAST 20 MINUTES BEFORE BRUSHING