Dental erosion refers to the irreversible loss or wear of dental hard tissue caused by acids rather than bacteria. It occurs when you expose your teeth to acids. Erosion can be either intrinsic or extrinsic, according to dentists in Paddington. Here are four intrinsic factors that can cause your teeth to start dissolving.
1. Gastroesophageal Reflux
Your stomach contains many strong acids that help digest the food you eat. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can cause recurrent regurgitation of these gastric acids. If the acids enter your mouth, they can cause substantial damage to your teeth. An acid bath during sleep is especially harmful to teeth due to reduced salivation and swallowing at this time.
2. Bulimia Nervosa
The prevalence of dental erosion is much higher in persons with bulimia than in people without this eating disorder. Individuals with this mental health condition try to control their weight, by making themselves vomit. The frequent vomiting is hard on their teeth. It’s no wonder then that dentists are often the first doctors to recognise that a patient could be having bulimia.
3. Chronic Alcoholism
People with chronic alcoholism have a higher risk of dental erosion due to a combination of intrinsic and extrinsic factors. Firstly, alcohol consumption enhances the chance of frequent vomiting and regurgitation which can hurt teeth. Secondly, the consumption of acidic drinks exposes the teeth to more acids, and this can exacerbate the loss or wear of hard tissue.
Preventing dental erosion is one of the reasons why you need to visit your Paddington dentist when you’re pregnant. Being pregnant increases intra-abdominal pressure which may, in turn, cause an increase in reflux.
While enamel is the strongest substance in our bodies, it can’t withstand frequent acid baths. Strong gastric acids can reach your mouth at high frequencies if you have GERD or recurrently vomit. Talk to your dentist about how best to protect your teeth from dental erosion.