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  • Writer's pictureDanielle Doyle

Erosion and Acidic foods

Hi everybody, today I’m going to talk to you about erosion and how acidic foods play a part. Erosion refers to the acid related loss of tooth structure, bacteria is not involved. The acid dissolves the tooth structure over time causing thinning of the teeth, fracturing of weakened tooth and sensitivity/pain. Erosion can be caused by external and internal factors. External causes relate to acidic foods and drinks. The main culprits to be concerned about are fizzy drinks (they contain a lot of phosphoric acid), beer, wine and citrus fruits like lemons and limes. Internal factors that cause erosion are problems like acid reflux, hiatus hernia and GERD. So how do we prevent this from happening? If you have any of the the internal problems raised above, seek advice from your GP. Otherwise try your best to reduce the amount of acidic foods from your diet, or if your going to have something acidic, have it with a meal. Always remember, moderation is the key to everything in life!

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