What is Dental Erosion?

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Fri, 05/29/2015

Dental erosion refers to a thinning of the teeth’s natural enamel and is a process that is common with aging. In fact, a new study has found that nearly 80% of adults have at least some amount of dental erosion, even those who maintain a consistent oral hygiene routine complete with brushing, flossing, and biannual visits to the dentist.

Dental erosion can produce cosmetic imperfections such as a yellowing of the teeth. Dentin, the underlying layer of tooth enamel, is a darker color than outer enamel and, as the outer layer thins, this yellow layer becomes more visible. Dental erosion can also increase risks for general dental problems such as tooth decay and infection.

In the study that found most adults have dental erosion, those who consumed soda and/or fruit juice daily were much more likely to have moderate to severe levels. This is because constant consumption of acidic beverages prevents saliva from returning the mouth to a neutral pH. The only way to combat this issue? Reducing your intake of soda and fruit juice.

Fresno dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake suggests taking a combined approach by reducing acidic beverage intake and improving daily and professional dental care. These steps can go a very long way in helping ensure your teeth remain healthy and beautiful for years to come.

To schedule your next appointment at our Fresno dental office, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS today.