Tips for Juice & Coke
What is Dental erosion
Dental erosion is the erosion of the surface of your teeth enamel, due to acids you eat or drink, or acids coming up from your stomach. These acids can dissolve the crystals that make up your teeth, which leads to tooth surface loss. Additionally, these acids can soften the tooth surface, making it easier for them to be worn away by abrasion or tooth grinding (acid wear).
Acidic drinks including:
- soft drinks (sugar-free and sugar-containing)
- sports drinks
- energy drinks
- citrus fruits (lemons, limes, oranges)
- lemon-flavoured drinks or teas
- fruit-flavoured lollies
- most fruit juices
- most cordials
- vitamin waters
- vitamin C tablets
- pre-mixed alcoholic drinks.
SO Dental Surgery‘s tips to minimise acid erosion effect:
- Use a straw – drinking it through a straw minimise contact with your teeth
- Dilute the lemon juice,
- Avoid hot Lemon water – the rate of chemical reactions increases with temperature, erosion will be more severe.
- Rinse your mouth with water after drinking,
- Don’t brush your teeth for 40-60 minutes after drinking lemon water to give time for our saliva to buffer the acid.
- Chew sugar-free gum – this stimulates saliva, which helps balance and neutralise the acid in your mouth.
- Eat some cheese – helps to neutralise plaque acid
- Apply GC Tooth Mouse– source of bio-available Calcium & Phosphate for strengthening your teeth before and after exposure to acid challenge
- Try to limit acidic drinks to meal times only
- Consider drinking a cup of Herbal tea or a glass of Vegetable juice instead.
Treatment options for tooth erosion
- At So Dental Surgery, we will provide dietary advice and prevention regimes to avoid further tooth substance lost
- some toothpastes or tooth mousse will help remineralisation of the enamel
- we could do some desensitising treatments
- you might need a night guard to prevent further attrition to the eroded enamel by clenching or grinding
- To replace lost enamel, restore aesthetics, minimise sensitivity or to strengthen the remaining tooth substance, we may recommend treatments such as resin bonding, veneers, or sealants