Discoloured or yellow teeth?
this could be a sign of EROSION.
February 9, 2023
EROSION is the loss of tooth structure by an acid – literally, your enamel and dentine dissolving. It can be caused by a variety of things: food, acid reflux, exposure to environmental substances, to name a few. Any food or drink that has a pH less than 5.5 will start to demineralize our teeth.
- carbonated drinks
- many juices
- many salad dressings
Other causes of erosion include:
- medical related causes: gastric reflux (GERD), alcoholism, eating disorders, drug induced dry mouth
- environment related causes: chlorinated swimming pool water, battery plant or mine workers
What can I do?
Consult your dentist or doctor. You may need treatment for an underlying medical disorder or disease.
Make changes to your diet and consumption habits.
Ie. rinse with water after having a glass of juice, finish your drink in one sitting vs. sipping it throughout the day, use a straw, drink milk
Wait 30 min before brushing your teeth and use a soft toothbrush
Use a remineralizing agent such as fluoride rinse or varnish
Ask your provider about bonding for areas of exposed dentin.