What is enamel?

Tooth enamel is the hardest and most highly mineralized substance of the body, and it is one of the four major tissues that make up the tooth. It is the visible dental tissue and is supported by underlying dentin.

What is enamel erosion?

Enamel erosion is the process of the loss of surface tooth tissue, mainly due to exposure to acid.

What causes enamel erosion?

The main cause of enamel erosion is tooth exposure to acids. Sources of acid exposure can be intrinsic (from within your body) or extrinsic (from outside your body). People at risk from intrinsic acid exposure include those who experience gastric reflux or recurrent vomiting. Extrinsic acid can be found in some of our most popular everyday foods and drinks. Examples include citrus fruits, apples, pickles, vinegar, sodas (both sweetened and diet), wine and orange juice.

How can I minimize enamel erosion?

To help prevent dental erosion, it is recommended you brush your teeth before eating an acidic food and to drink a glass of water when you are finished to wash away the acids. Alternatively, you should avoid brushing for at least 30 minutes after eating or drinking acidic foods or drinks. Consuming acidic foods and drinks leaves the enamel softened and more prone to erosion through brushing. Minimize contact of acidic drinks with your teeth's surface by drinking them with a straw. Use a fluoride toothpaste with low abrasivity, such as Colgate® Sensitive Complete Protection

Does Aspirin cause enamel erosion?

Several studies have found that Aspirin, if chewed, can contribute to tooth erosion. Aspirin can damage enamel and dentin. It can also irritate the soft tissues of the mouth.

Do chemicals in swimming pools cause enamel erosion?

If a pool is improperly maintained and the pH of the pool is too high, tooth enamel can be weakened and possibly cause tooth sensitivity.

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