Acid Erosion

Acid erosion is a type of tooth wear.  It is the most common chronic disease of children ages 5-17.  Erosion is the loss of tooth enamel that can proceed to the underlying dentin if not corrected.

The most common cause of erosion is from acidic foods and drinks.  Some of these foods are healthy such as fruit juices.  Citric acid is the culprit.

Others are not healthy.  These include carbonated drinks (sodas), alcohol (wine) and fruit drinks.  Other causes of acid erosion are from stomach acids (GERD), and chlorinated swimming pool water.

Infants who drink bottles filled with juices are at greater risk for erosion, especially if used to soothe them.  Water would be a better choice.

Vitamin C, aspirin and some iron supplements are acidic and may cause acid erosion.

Most common causes of Acid Erosion:

*Wine, which can soften the enamel.

*Juices that are acidic especially lemon, cranberry, orange and apple.

*Citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons and limes can wear down your teeth.

*And finally, candy.  No sugary sweets are good for your teeth, but you should pay extra attention to avoid sour gummies and candies.