Do you sometimes feel pain when consuming hot or cold food? If so, you may unfortunately be one of the many adults who suffer from dental erosion. The biggest culprit behind the erosion is none other than acid from soft drinks, but controlling your intake and regular dental visits can help lessen the effects.
What is Dental Erosion?
Dental erosion occurs when the tooth’s hard, protective enamel coating is worn away, primarily through acidic exposure. Because the tooth’s sensitive area is then unprotected, people can sometimes experience pain, particularly when eating hot or cold products. Although saliva can help cancel out the acidic effects, if acid is consumed too often then the tooth’s enamel will wear. Soft drinks, carbonated drinks, sports drinks and fruit juices are the biggest culprits.
Dental Erosion Study
A recent study of 4000 adults discovered that 79% had some form of dental erosion: 64% had mild tooth wear, 10% moderate and 5% had severe tooth wear. The 15% of participants with moderate to severe erosion consumed more soft drinks and fruit juices than other applicants. It was also evident that men had double the chance of getting dental erosion compared to women.
Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter OBE said the study showed the need to limit acid consumption. “Remember, it is how often we have sugary foods and drinks that causes the problem so it is important that we try and reduce the frequency of consumption,” he said.
How to Contain Dental Erosion
Firstly, Dr Carter said that a check-up with your dentist is paramount. “With regular check-ups and advice your dental team can prevent the problem getting any worse and the erosion going any further.” He said that more severe tooth wear can result in costly treatments so it is important to see a dentist and keep a good oral hygiene routine to eradicate future dental erosion.
Dr Carter also recommends consuming different drinks. “Water and milk are the best choices by far, not only for the good of our oral health but our overall health too.” Soft drinks and fruit juices are not only acidic but can contain up to six grams of sugar per serve, which has an impact on tooth decay.
Contain your consumption of acidic products and ensure you continue to visit your dentist regularly to contain dental erosion.