What you eat and drink can impact your teeth. Dental erosion is the loss of the surface of your teeth due to the acids from food or liquids, coming from the stomach.
Tooth erosion changes the appearance of your teeth and opens the door for bacteria that can cause cavities or infection. These acids soften up the tooth surface, making it easier to be worn away by grinding our teeth.
Common foods and drinks that contain high levels of acids include:
- Soda or juice (sugar-free and sugar-containing)
- Energy Drinks
- Lemon flavored drinks or teas
- Citrus fruits (lemons, limes, oranges)
- Pre-mixed alcoholic drinks
Tooth erosion is permanent. A sign of dental erosion is the loss of the surface of the tooth that leads to a smooth shiny appearance. Once it occurs, you may need fillings, crowns, a root canal, or even tooth removal.
Book an appointment and talk to your Hospitality Dental & Orthodontics dentist, they can explain the effects of nutritional choice on your teeth including the various foods and beverages to purchase and which ones to avoid. To maintain a bright smile, it is important to know the effects that food and drinks have on your teeth.