Can my teeth erode away?

Canadian dentists are seeing more and more patients with dental erosion. Dental erosion occurs when the hard part of the tooth wears away from direct contact with acid. Dental erosion can be caused by certain health conditions such as stomach acid problems and eating disorders, but eating and drinking foods high in acid such as sport drinks and soft drinks can also cause teeth to erode.

To learn more about dental erosion and other oral health concerns, talk to your dentist and visit the Canadian Dental Association website at

Three steps to preventing dental erosion

  1. Choose drinks that are low in acid. Carbonated soft drinks are high in acid, which can harm your teeth
  2. Do not swish or hold high acid drinks in your mouth for long periods of time or suck on citrus fruits
  3. It is best to consume foods and drinks high in acid at the end of mealtime while there is still plenty of saliva in your mouth to wash away sugars and acids.

As always please remember… ‘floss and brush today, so you can smile tomorrow!’


Source: California Dental Association

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