Acid Wear: The Facts

Acid Wear: The Facts

February 8, 2015 by admin5
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What is acid wear and what causes it?

Acid wear, also called acid erosion, is when acids dissolve the enamel (outer surface of the teeth). This makes the tooth soft and easily worn or chipped away. This leads to teeth looking smoother, shorter and more yellow and the tips of the teeth may appear see-through. Acid wear can also make the teeth become more sensitive to hot, cold and sweet things.
Once worn away the enamel cannot be replaced or grown back. The acids that cause erosion may come from foods you eat and drink. pH is a way of measuring how acidic something is. If the pH of food or drink is less than 5.5, it will dissolve your tooth enamel.
As well as foods and drinks, acids can also come from your stomach. If you vomit, or get acid reflux (heartburn) regularly, this can cause acid erosion. If you think this is happening to you, ask your doctor or dentist. People who drink a lot of alcohol are particularly susceptible to erosion as most alcoholic drinks are acidic. Excess alcohol consumption can also lead to vomiting.
How do I stop acid wear?
Changing your diet to reduce the amount of acidic food and drinks is important to stop further wear. Ideally, you need to cut out anything more acidic then pH 5.5 (to the left of the black line on the picture above). If you must drink something acidic, it is best to only drink it with a meal to help neutralise the acid, and/or drink using a straw. Drink it straight down without holding it in your mouth and after, use a mouthwash or rinse your mouth out with water but DO NOT brush your teeth for about 30 minutes. The acids cause the surface of the enamel to soften and if you brush during this period it is possible to physically brush the enamel away. Natural saliva will remineralise (harden) the enamel in about 30 minutes.
Brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste (on the back of the packet, it should say that it contains more than 1450ppm or 0.312% of fluoride) will help to harden the enamel. Ask your dentist, who may recommend stronger toothpaste.
What treatment is available?
With acid erosion prevention is the key as there is not treatment that can help repair the enamel once is has been lost. However teeth affected by acid wear can be repaired with fillings and crowns. Unfortunately for very badly worn teeth extraction may be the only treatment available.
If you any questions regarding acid wear then do not hesitate to contact us at the surgery and we will answer all your questions.

St Stephens Dental Practice. Giving you the confidence to smile on 01227 452668 or at www.martinsouthondentist.co.uk


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    December 18, 2018 at 10:01 am

    With corrosive disintegration anticipation is the key as there isn’t treatment that can help fix the lacquer once is has been lost. Anyway teeth influenced by corrosive wear can be fixed with fillings and crowns. Lamentably for severely worn teeth extraction might be the main treatment accessible.

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    May 13, 2019 at 9:38 am

    Dental erosion does not always need to be treated. With regular check-ups and advice your dental team can prevent the problem getting any worse and the erosion going any further. If a tooth does need treatment, it is important to protect the enamel and the dentine underneath to prevent sensitivity.

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    June 10, 2019 at 12:07 pm

    With destructive breaking down expectation is the key as there isn’t treatment that can help fix the finish once it has been lost. In any case, teeth affected by destructive wear can be fixed with fillings and crowns. Sadly for seriously worn teeth extraction may be the primary treatment available.

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    December 20, 2019 at 11:26 am

    I agree with you and in this situation; we need to avoid drinking before sleeping time because it reduces saliva flow although we sleep and its takings about an hour for saliva to decrease the sourness in your mouth. So, it is best to varnish your feast for at least about an hour before going to sleep.

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    January 16, 2020 at 10:30 am

    Acid Erosion can lead to a change in the color and shape of your teeth and can also cause teeth to become sensitive. The five signs of Acid Erosion include tooth enamel that is 1) weakened, 2) thinning, 3) transparent-see through, 4) yellowing and 5) dull enamel. Only a dental healthcare professional can assess tooth enamel appropriately.

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