Enamel Erosion


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Erosion of the enamel can occur for many reasons.  The main problem being acid exposure.  When too much acid is placed around the teeth the enamel gradually erodes.  Normally your saliva will neutralise the acids within the mouth but if there is too much, too frequently, then it can’t do so.  This is when the enamel is affected.  Bulimia can be a cause of this.  This eating disorder places too much stomach acid in the mouth which can seriously affect the dental enamel.  Usually however, the acid is caused by food and drink. 

Preventing Enamel Erosion

The best way to prevent damage to the enamel is to avoid too many fizzy or sweet drinks and to eat a balanced diet.  This, on top of good dental hygiene, can seriously reduce the chances of you having problems with your enamel.  As well as this you can also help prevent enamel erosion by:

  • Finishing a meal with something alkaline like milk
  • Using a straw when drinking juices or fizzy drinks
  • Leaving an hours break between eating and brushing
  • Chewing sugar-free gum
  • Using fluoride toothpaste and a gentle brush