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Tooth Erosion and What You can do to Stop It


Posted on 7/20/2016 by Tessa Smith-Greisch
A man suffering from eroded teeth!Tooth erosion is a title that sounds so scary it almost seems like it could be mad up. It's not! Not only is it real, it's irreversible and can ultimately lead to the loss of teeth. Acidic foods and drinks are the leading cause of tooth erosion and should be consumed in moderation and with careful consideration.

Highly Acidic Foods and Drinks

Highly acidic foods and drinks can eat away at the enamel that acts as the protective shield for your teeth. So, what are some foods and drinks that are very low in pH levels?

•  Tap Water 7.5pH
•  Tomatoes 4.5pH
•  Root Beer 3.9 pH
•  Orange Juice 3.8pH
•  Apples 3.5 pH
•  Diet Cola 3.1 pH
•  Tea 2.9pH
•  Coffee 2.6pH
•  Cola 2.4pH
•  Sports Drinks 2.3pH
•  Wine 2.3pH
•  Lemon Juice 2pH
•  Battery Acid 1pH

It's important to note that anything below a pH of 4 will trigger erosion in your teeth. When you look at that list, it's not hard to find things that you consume on at least a semi-regular basis. This isn't to say that you should stop eating and drinking highly acidic food and drinks.

We at Madison Oral Surgery & Dental Implants firmly believe in educating our patients on oral health issues so that they can be informed and make decisions from a place of knowledge.

How to Prevent Tooth Erosion

As long as you realize that food or drink is acidic, you can take steps to lessen the negative effects that your teeth experience. Brushing after meals can make a big difference. Probably the most convenient and easy way to wash away acidic food and drink is simply rinsing your mouth out with water.

Go easy on the brushing! Many people believe that if brushing lightly is effective, brushing hard is more effective. This isn't true! Brushing with vigor and pressure can actually erode your teeth, further adding Contact us to schedule an appointment today!

The doctors of Madison Oral Surgery & Dental Implants would like to inform you of the enhanced safety protocol developed for our office in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Working with recommendations from the CDC, OSHA, American Dental Association, and local government, we have enhanced our already stringent protocols for hygiene and safety.

•  All patients and staff wear masks
•  All patients and guests are screened with a COVID-19 questionnaire and temperature check prior to admission to our clinic lobby. Hand hygiene is performed before entry.
•  All personnel have twice daily temperature checks
•  To allow for social distancing, we have reduced the number of patients and guests in the office at one time and spaced the seating in our lobby appropriately
•  Allow more time for disinfecting between patient encounters
•  Increased disinfection of frequently touched surfaces including counter tops, handles, lobby seating, and bathroom surfaces
•  New, single use pens to avoid germ sharing between patients and personnel
•  Procedural personnel wear N95/KN95 masks and face shields
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Madison, WI 53713