Erosion

Refers to the wearing down of a tooth’s structure by acid and other chemicals. The acid can originate from inside the body, as well as outside of the body. Tooth erosion is different from tooth decay because it affects the entire tooth rather than certain spots. If a tooth is in contact with enough acid, over time, it will begin to shrink and crumble at the edges. At a certain point, the dentin will become exposed which can cause moderate to severe discomfort or pain.

People at risk for tooth erosion include:

  • "Pop drinkers"

  • People who drink pure fruit juice.

  • People with eating disorders such as Bullemia.
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