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4 Causes of Tooth Erosion

Posted on 10/15/2023 by Andrew Admin
Image of a woman touching her cheek that could have oral cancer.Tooth erosion occurs when acid dissolves the teeth's enamel. While teeth erosion can occur to anyone, it is also very common for older people, because older people have a dry mouth. This is because they do not produce enough saliva, meaning that they cannot flush out acids in the mouth. Aside from a dry mouth, the other causes of tooth erosion include poor oral hygiene and sugary foods.

Acidic Foods or Sugary Foods

This is one of the major causes of tooth erosion. Consuming foods and drinks that are high in sugar content or foods that are acidic causes the enamel to erode. Saliva usually neutralizes the acid in food. However, if you consume acidic foods in large amounts, your enamel will erode slowly.

Dry Mouth

If you suffer from a constant dry mouth, then you are at risk of tooth erosion and other dental problems. Saliva protects the teeth from the acids in food. This means that insufficient saliva production will lead to the teeth's exposure to acidic foods. This will damage the enamel.


Sometimes, certain medications, whether over the counter or prescription, can erode the enamel. These include medication, such as allergy medication or even aspirin. This is because they reduce the production of saliva. This will cause a dry mouth, which will expose the teeth to acids that will erode the enamel.

Poor Oral Hygiene

It is important to maintain an oral hygiene routine to ensure that your teeth are strong and healthy. Brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste helps to strengthen the enamel. Thus, failing to brush and floss your teeth will lead to many dental problems, including the erosion of the enamel.

Poor nutrition plays a key role in ensuring the good health of your teeth. Sometimes, your poor dental health is because you are not consuming the right nutrients to help strengthen your teeth. Thus, it is important to include foods that are rich in calcium in your diet to prevent the erosion of the enamel.

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