Acid wash: how foods and drinks can erode your teeth

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Unlike dental caries (decay), tooth erosion is not a disease and it’s not caused by bacteria. It occurs when acid dissolves the hard tissues of the tooth.

In its early stages, erosion strips away the surface layers of tooth enamel. In advanced stages, it can expose the softer dentine that underlies tooth enamel, or even the central pulp of the tooth. 

In a recent article in The Conversation, Professors Eric Reynolds and Stuart Dashper explained how this happens, and what you can do to avoid it.  Read the full article in The Conversation.