There are many ways your teeth can wear out. When your teeth are tired from acid, dentists call them ‘erosion’. When acid enters the mouth, it reacts with the calcium in tooth enamel, making the enamel softer and prone to erosion. This erosion can then turn into tooth decay. There are 3 ways of teeth become eroded:
Acid in Food –
Acid in food is a big cause of tooth erosion, especially when teeth are brushed directly after eating acidic foods. While some sour foods are easily recognized by the sour taste they have, others don’t. Carbonated drinks are a prime example of sour foods that are not easily known as sour foods. This not only refers to Coke and similar sugary soft drinks, but even ordinary seltzers are also acidic. Coffee is another example of an acidic drink that may not be clearly acidic.
Stomach acid –
The stomach is full of very strong acids which help digest food, but in the mouth, this acid can be harmful to teeth. Gastric acid reaches the mouth during episodes of heartburn or in cases of bulimia.
Acid Bacteria –
Mouth full of bacteria, some dangerous, some good. There are certain bacteria in your mouth that eat the leftover food that is left in your mouth. As a byproduct, bacteria produce acids. This problem is specific to carbohydrates. The more carbohydrates in food and the more difficult food are cleaned from the mouth, the more likely the bacteria will erode your teeth.
Fortunately, there are steps that can be taken to prevent tooth erosion. You don’t need to stop drinking coffee or releasing all carbohydrates to stop cavities. There are ways to manage and fight tooth erosion.
Remineralization against tooth erosion by adding a layer of minerals that make up teeth. Drinking fluoridated water, getting fluoride treatment, chewing sugar-free gum after eating and eating enough calcium can help in the remineralization process. Remineralization is a problem for people with dry mouth because the minerals that makeup teeth are carried and stored by saliva. This is why people with dry mouth tend to have more cavities because their teeth are not strengthened by remineralization.
Brush properly –
This does not only mean keeping your teeth clean from food debris. It also means not to brush too quickly after eating acidic foods or after heartburn. For better teeth cleaning, you might want to consider using an electric toothbrush.
Antibacterial Treatment –
You can also reduce the number of bacteria in your mouth (good and bad) by brushing with toothpaste and rinsing it with an antibacterial mouthwash. You can also add attractive oil to your routine because it has been proven to reduce acidity in the mouth and the number of bacteria that cause cavities.