Dental Erosion

“To build may have to be the slow and laborious task of years. To destroy can be the thoughtless act of a single day.” Winston Churchill.

A recent study on Dental Erosion performed at the Kings College London identified the risk factors and damaging habits associated with the consumption of acidic foods that result in the loss of tooth enamel and dentin. They found that eating or drinking acidic foods and drinks particular between meals carries the greatest risk. Those who consumed acidic drinks twice a day between meals such as soft drinks, water with lemon slices, or hot fruit flavored teas, are 11 times more likely to have moderate or severe dental erosion.

They also found:
1. Sugar-free drinks are as erosive as sugar sweetened drinks.
2. Fruit flavored teas and fruit flavored sweet lozenges have a large erosive potential when consumed regularly.
3. Sipping or swishing acidic drinks increase the potential for tooth erosion.
4. The increase in tooth erosion that is being seen worldwide is directly correlated to an increase in snacking.
5. Drinks are more erosive if they are served hot.
6. Vinegar and pickle products are highly erosive.

The conclusion of the study was that reducing dietary acids is a key component in reducing tooth erosion.
If you or someone you love has questions about Dental Erosion or acidic drinks and foods please contact our office and speak to the doctor.

Michael W. Dagostino, DDS

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