You teeth have two layers to them. An outer layer called Enamel and an inner layer called dentin. The dentin layer of your tooth contains the nerves. Erosion is when the enamel on your teeth is worn away by acid and the dentine is exposed, which usually causes pain and sensitivity.
Whenever we eat or drink anything acidic, such as citrus fruits or drink any fizzy drinks, the enamel on your teeth slowly gets worn away. Your saliva does eventually cancel out the acidity from food and drinks, and gets your mouth back to its normal ph balance but some damage would have already have been caused. However if this happens all the time or very often, you mouth will not have time to repair all the damage that is being caused to your teeth and over time bits of enamel will be brushed away resulting in you losing the surface of your tooth.
There are a few things you can do to help prevent dental erosion such as drinking milk after a meal or after having a fizzy drink to help cancel out the acid, or eating cheese. You could also chew sugar-free gum after eating. By chewing gum your mouth produces more saliva which neutralises the acidity of the food or drinks you have just had. In addition waiting before you brush your teeth after meals will help your teeth to regain their natural mineral content.
If you would like more information on how to restore your teeth to their natural appearance or for general information, please book in for a free consultation, with one of our dental professionals who will discuss the most suitable treatments available for you and your needs.