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One of the main ways our teeth can become damaged is through acid erosion. Acid erosion can occur in different ways. When acid substances come into contact with teeth they can break down the enamel. Because enamel does not regenerate it is important to protect it. Once it is gone it is gone. When teeth have damaged or weak enamel they cannot function properly. It can cause things like tooth damage, sensitivity, discolouration, and eventually, tooth loss. Commonly, acid erosion is mainly caused by food and drinks. It is particularly prevalent in children between the ages of five and seventeen.
Sugar itself does not have high acidity, however, it aids and assists the development of bacteria that promote acid development. This then creates an environment that is acidic.
Any type of wine is very acidic. This substance can cause the softening and erosion of the enamel.
Acid reflux and vomiting can be extremely damaging when it comes into contact with the teeth. It is advisable to see your GP if these symptoms persist.
Sweets, gummies, and candies are very high in sugar. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance to limit the amount consumed. Not just to protect the teeth but for overall health.
Fruit Juices & Citrus Fruits
Although fruit is healthy for the body and provides many vitamins and nutrients it can be very damaging for the teeth. High acidity in fruits, especially citrus fruits, can cause irreparable damage to the teeth.
If you would like to book in for a dental check-up or hygienist appointment with us then you can do this online or by calling our knowledgeable and friendly reception team on 020 3613 3187. A wide range of treatments are available, seven days a week to help keep your teeth and mouth healthy. A full list of these can be viewed on our website. If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to get in touch. We look forward to seeing you in the clinic soon, here at Pearl Dental Clinic.
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