Dental Erosion occurs when the outer enamel of the teeth begins to thin. This common problem can lead to increased tooth sensitivity, a larger risk for cavities and tooth infection, and a general yellowing of the teeth. According to a new study published in the Journal of Public Health Dentistry, an estimated 79% of adults have at least some level of dental erosion.
Researchers for this latest study looked at the tooth enamel in 3,773 adults. While 79% of these subjects had some level of dental erosion, those who consumed fruit juice and soda on a daily basis had the most significant amount. This factor led researchers to conclude that soda and fruit juice consumption are the biggest culprits in dental erosion.
Saliva works to neutralize acidic foods and beverages, helping prevent dental erosion. However, when acidic beverages are consumed regularly, saliva never has a chance to restore pH to a healthy level. Not even daily brushing with a fluoride toothpaste can help prevent the damage done by daily soda and fruit juice consumption, making moderation – no more than one or two drinks a week – your best defense.
If you have questions about dental health or are looking for a family dentist in the Hayward area of California, please contact Gary G. Fong, DDS to schedule an appointment today.