Tooth erosion is a common dental problem that many people ignore. If you are one who ignores this issue and continues to drink your favorite soda every day, our Smiles Dental team has a suggestion for you.
Tooth erosion occurs when the acid contained in foods and drinks wear down your teeth and erode the tooth enamel. When this happens, many annoying, painful, and inconvenient things happen, like:
· Sensitivity: Tooth sensitivity is one of the major signs of tooth erosion. When the acid attacks your teeth, it tears the protective enamel away, making them extremely sensitive. This will cause a jolt of pain in your smile when you consume hot or cold beverages and foods.
· Discoloration: When the outer layer of your tooth is torn away, it exposes the underlying dentin, which can make your smile appear to be discolored and yellow.
· Rounded teeth: The acid can also wear down the corners and edges of your teeth, making them dull and rounded.
· Cracks: Once the enamel is eroded, cracks, chips, and roughness can appear on the edges of your smile.
· Cupping: The acid tends to create dents and craters in the surfaces of your teeth, which is also known as cupping. Acid can also make it seem as though your dental fillings are rising out of your teeth.
To keep these five things from happening to your smile, Dr. Dr. Quinn Martin and our team recommend limiting your consumption of acidic foods and drinks, like carbonated drinks, wine, fruit juice, fruit, pickles, honey, and yogurt. If you have any questions or if you would like to know more, we encourage you to call 541.497.7970 and talk to a member of our friendly dental team. We are happy to help you!