occur at any stage of acid erosion, from early to advanced.
What is the link between acid erosion and tooth sensitivity?
As tooth enamel is worn away, the underlying dentin may be exposed, causing teeth to becomemore sensitive. When nerve endings in the dentin are activated, a slight twinge can be felt whenconsuming hot, cold or sweet foods and drinks
What are the long term consequences of acid erosion?
In the longterm, the effects of acid erosion may requiredental treatmentin order to protect the tooth and theunderlying dentin. A dentist may decide to place a bonded filling, a veneer or a crown to restorethe tooth to its former color and shape. In extreme cases, the damage caused by acid erosion mayresult in tooth loss. It used to be rare to see enamel erosion but not anymore, especially in young people. This is due to increased ingestion of acidicdrinks and candy.Soda pop,sports drinks, and coffee, as well as many juices have extremely low PH. Sweet and
sour candy such as "nerds" cause a lot of erosion. It takes 20 minutes after eating or drinking for the mouth to "wash itself out," returning to a pH of about 7. When a person sips on coffee, soda,or sport drinks throughout the day he/she is constantly bathing the mouth in acid, never allowingit to be fully washed out. When one drinks coffee, soda, or sport drinks do it quickly, don't nurseit along.Some dentists believe that you should not brush immediately after eating acidic foods or drinksas the acid has "softened" the enamel somewhat. We recommend taking a drink of water afterward and swishing it around vigorously to clean the teeth.
The pH values some popular drinks
(The pH valueof car battery acid is 1:00)Gatorade Clear 2.4Country Time Lemonade 2.5Coke Classic 2.5Capri Sun 2.6Powerade 2.7Lipton Brisk 2.8 Nestea Lemon Iced Tea 2.9