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Acid Erosion

June 23, 2018

Have any of you experienced sensitive teeth after eating something sour? This is due to acid erosion. Acid erosion happens when one drinks carbonated beverages, energy drinks, citrus fruits, and sugar. Caffeine and alcohol can also cause decrease in saliva. This will cause the mouth to be more acidic also.

Teeth are composed of 2 layers: outer enamel layer and an inner dentin layer. The dentin layer is softer and more sensitive. Acid demineralizes the protective outer enamel layer. This is the process of erosion. Erosion can also lead to cavities. Acid can be neutralized by consuming more basic items. Such as apple, banana, milk, cheese, and water. This can increase the low acidic pH to a higher basic pH.

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