Chew on these enamel erosion facts

We all know that colas and mithais are not the best for our physical health. But what we often forget is the adverse effect they may have on our teeth. Innumerable studies suggest that the acids in sodas dissolve the surface enamel of our teeth. In addition to sodas, even natural fruit drinks as well as sports and high energy drinks can cause the protective layer of our teeth to become eroded.

“People often confuse erosion with tooth decay. However, tooth decay is caused by bacteria which attacks the teeth and erosion is caused by wearing down of the enamel – the protective layer of the teeth. This occurs when the tooth surface becomes ‘softened’ by heavy consumption of acidic foods or beverages. Brushing may actually remove the affected tooth layer. To avoid this from occurring dentists recommend waiting 30 to 60 minutes before brushing to allow time for the natural occurrence of acid neutralisation and tooth-mineralization to occur”, says SmileKraft Dentistry’s Dr. Priyank Mathur.

Dental erosion is no laughing matter because enamel once lost cannot be recovered. Over time, the shape, form and function of the teeth are irreversibly altered. Moreover, with today’s increased consumption of sugar rich foods right from young age, enamel erosion should be seriously considered and changing your food habits is a good place to start.

If you feel your teeth are increasingly sensitive, or even think you may be susceptible to enamel erosion, its best to visit your dentist.