Tooth erosion

What is it?

Tooth erosion is caused by acids in your mouth, which can come from food, drink or sometimes from your stomach. For example, drinking a lot of acidic drinks can erode your teeth.

When there is acid present in your mouth, it dissolves the minerals out of the hard enamel surface, which can weaken your teeth and make them thin.

How can I protect my teeth against erosion?

  • Reduce the amount of acidic drinks
  • When drinking acidic drinks, ensure that they are cold and that you drink them quickly and through a straw, so that the drink does not touch your teeth
  • Reduce the amount of acidic foods
  • Brush your teeth twice a day and always use fluoride toothpaste

Is there treatment for tooth erosion?

In cases where erosion has caused the teeth to significantly weaken, the dentist will either fit a crown or veneer. If the tooth is still relatively strong, a veneer would be the best option for improving the appearance of the tooth and can protect the tooth from any further damage. However, a crown completely covers the tooth and would be more appropriate for weaker teeth.