Tooth erosion happens every day to people of all ages. It can cause serious oral health complications if not dealt with swiftly, as the acids wear away the protective layer of your teeth. Unfortunately, unsightly tooth erosion can cause not only pain but also visible signs of damage that don’t look pleasant. Find out more about tooth erosion symptoms and causes here, as well as steps you can take to avoid it or reverse its development at the early stages.
What is tooth erosion?
Tooth erosion is a process which happens when high levels of acid cause a loss of tooth enamel. Enamel is the hard, protective layer of the tooth. If the enamel becomes worn away, exposing the dentine beneath, it could lead to pain and sensitivity and other complications.
What causes enamel erosion?
The causes of enamel erosion can be put down to a variety of reasons, but one of the most common ones is your diet. Each time you eat or drink something acidic, your tooth enamel becomes softer than usual as it loses some of its mineral content. Although your saliva slowly cancels out this process, returning your mouth to its normal balance, if it happens too often, your enamel cannot repair itself.
Consequences and signs of tooth erosion to look out for:
There are a number of tooth erosion symptoms which you should keep an eye out for, and immediately seek advice from your dentist if you notice any of them affecting your teeth.
- Sensitivity : In particular when your teeth come into contact with hot, cold, or sour foods and drinks.
- Discolouration : As enamel, the white to off-white protective layer comes away, it may leave your teeth yellowing as the dentine beneath becomes exposed.
- Damage : Cracks or chips are more likely as your teeth are becoming more vulnerable to outside factors.
- Transparency : Your teeth are losing their natural white colour, instead appearing dull and transparent.
- Tooth pain : Severe pain in your jaw, gums, or face around your mouth.
What can be done to reverse the signs of tooth erosion?
If you are in the early stages of enamel erosion, it can be very beneficial to introduce oral care products that protect and strengthen tooth enamel. REGENERATE Enamel Science™ is the first system able to regenerate enamel mineral1 with exactly the same mineral that tooth enamel is made of. It acts on early, invisible stages of enamel erosion by restoring its mineral content and micro-hardness with regular use, supporting your saliva to do its natural job.
You could also incorporate Regenerate’s Advanced Enamel Serum into your beauty regime. This monthly serum is a unique addition to your oral care routine and is clinically proven to boost the effects of your Regenerate Advanced Toothpaste by up to 43%.2 The Advanced Toothpaste in combination with the Advanced Enamel Serum provides significant increase in enamel hardness, with 82%3 recovery of enamel hardness after 3 days.
It’s also worth considering making a few lifestyle changes which can help protect your teeth from erosion:
- Reduce how many fizzy and citrus fruit drinks you are consuming.
- Rinse your mouth out with water after eating acidic foods.
- Brush your teeth gently, using circular motions rather than brushing from side to side.
- Wait for at least 30 minutes after eating or drinking before brushing your teeth, in order to protect your enamel.
Consider speaking to your dentist about the best course of action. Although lifestyle changes and innovative products like Regenerate will help, sometimes tooth erosion can leave permanent, irreparable damage to your smile.
Here we have shared with you tooth enamel erosion causes, symptoms, and of course tips and products to reduce tooth erosion. Now you can be sure to take steps to add good oral hygiene to your daily beauty steps, and ensure your teeth are strong and healthy.
²As demonstrated in a 3 day in vitro test measuring enamel micro hardness: Combined use of Advanced toothpaste and Advanced serum vs. Advanced toothpaste only.
³Based on an in-vitro test measuring enamel hardness after 3 days combined use of Toothpaste and Serum.
The advice in this article does not constitute medical advice, it is solely available for information purposes. We recommend that you consult your dentist If you are experiencing any gum problems.