35: Dental erosion

35 Dental erosion

image What foods and drinks have erosive potential?

See Box 35.1. While a wide range of food and drinks is implicated in the problem, the bulk of the damage is done by soft drinks, especially carbonated drinks, which are increasingly available from vending machines in schools and recreational facilities. All carbonated drinks and fruit-based drinks have lowered pH values but the direct relationship between pH and erosion is unclear. Other factors such as titratable acidity, the influence of plaque pH and the buffering capacity of saliva will all influence the erosive potential of a substrate. Three things, however, are clear with erosive loss:


Tom’s only complaint was occasional sensitivity on his back teeth as a result of the visible dentine.

Jan 2, 2015 | Posted by in Orthodontics | Comments Off on 35: Dental erosion
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