Tooth enamel erosion is a direct attack by the chemicals found in acidic foods and drinks. Consuming acidic foods and drinks on an ongoing basis will lead to teeth erosion. Eating disorders, such as bulimia, and acid reflux disease are also significant causes of dental erosion. Vomiting releases stomach acid into your mouth, and constant binging and purging frequently exposes bulimics to the acidic substances that corrode teeth. Unlike tooth decay, tooth enamel erosion has some annoying symptoms… The first sign of tooth enamel erosion is sensitive teeth, followed by tooth discoloration. Teeth may also appear rounded or transparent. In the advanced stages, cracks will most likely form on the teeth, and small dents known as “cupping” will emerge on the surface. If you have a tooth filling, it will appear raised as the enamel surrounding it continues to disintegrate. Make sure you see a dentist as soon as possible because eventually, a loss of enamel can lead to extreme dental problems.
To help prevent the process of tooth enamel erosion ideally, it would be best to focus on eliminating the acidic foods and drinks that aren’t part of a balanced diet. When snacking, stick with foods and drinks that are like milk, cheese, vegetables, breads and coffee – but hold the sugar!