Dental Erosion
April 24, 2023
Dental erosion is the loss of tooth structure as a result of acids, not from bacterial origin. In this article, we discuss some of the signs and symptoms and causes of dental erosion.

Author:

Ina Alberts

Dental erosion is the loss of tooth structure as a result of acids, not from bacterial origin.  Signs and symptoms may include sensitivity or pain, yellow appearance of teeth due to exposed dentine, and shiny or polished surface appearance.  Causes include: 

    • Regular intake of fruit juices, fizzy or sports drinks
    • Frequent exposure of teeth to chlorine swimming pool water
    • Reflux of stomach acids
    • Vomiting during pregnancy or with eating disorders (e.g. Bulimia)

Severe loss of tooth structure will require restoration to cover exposed dentine.  Alteration in dietary or behavioural habits is essential for the long term preservation of tooth structure.

Before & after restoration of teeth with dental crowns 

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