It is not what we eat or drink that effects tooth erosion but how we eat or drink .

It is not what we eat or drink that effects tooth erosion but how we eat or drink .Tooth erosion — also known as dental erosion or acid erosion — occurs when acids wear away tooth enamel, which is the substance that coats the outer layer of each tooth. Over time, this erosion could give rise to tooth discoloration, sensitivity and in the extreme, even tooth loss. Unsurprisingly, the analysis revealed that acidic foods and drinks posed the greatest risk of tooth erosion.

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The risk of moderate or severe tooth erosion is reported to be 11 times higher for adults who drank acidic beverages twice daily, particularly when they were consumed between meals, compared with those who consumed such beverages less frequently. When acidic drinks were consumed with meals, the risk of tooth erosion may be reduced by half.

Interestingly, the researchers found that adding fruit flavourings to beverages — for example, adding lemon to hot water — made them just as acidic as cola.

Your teeth are strong, but they’re not indestructible. Most popular drinks are very high in acid, and this acidity can damage your enamel. Once it is damaged, you’ll need your dentist’s help so that it doesn’t wear away more..

Dangers of Acidic Drinks

Drinks with a low pH level can cause a variety of oral health problems, but it begins when they eat away at the hard, outer layer of your teeth. Enamel erosion is a problem because enamel that becomes destroyed can’t grow back. Unlike other materials in your body, your enamel doesn’t have any living cells, so there’s no way for it to heal itself.

When your tooth enamel erodes, the sensitive, yellow-coloured dentine underneath is exposed. This is why your teeth will start to look discoloured when you don’t take care of them. But the exposed dentine doesn’t just have cosmetic downsides; it can also lead to painful dental conditions like tooth sensitivity. People with sensitive teeth experience pain when they drink or bite into hot, cold, sweet, acidic or spicy foods and drinks, and it can have adverse effects on their diet in the long run.

Common Acidic Drinks

Studies have indicated diet soda is not any more tooth-friendly than regular soda. Although it is sugar-free, it’s still overwhelming to your enamel if you drink it regularly. Even surprisingly small quantities of soda can damage your teeth; as little as one glass per day has been linked to damage. Fruit juices contain healthy vitamins and minerals, you may assume they’re healthy for your teeth as well. Sadly, this isn’t the case.

 

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Orange juice and similar citrus-sourced liquids are packed with Vitamin C, but they’re packed with tooth-damaging acids as a result.

The Oral Health Foundation is a great source of further information, you may find this web site  interesting.

For more information and advice contact us via our website  www.harrow-dentist.com


2525

Computers are changing our world each day. We accept that apart from take off and landing, aeroplane flight is controlled by an autopilot.  Driverless cars are today a reality but some way off universal acceptance and use.

Ziegler and Evans wrote in in their 1969 song ‘ In the Year 2525

In the year 6565
Ain’t gonna need no husband, won’t need no wife
You’ll pick your son, pick your daughter too
From the bottom of a long glass tube’

The world’s first ‘test tube ‘ baby  Louise Brown was born just 8 years after the song was written in July 1978 . The computers on board Apollo 11 were 10 years ahead of any commercial computers of the time.

Medicine and dentistry is advancing today at an even more rapid rate on the back of the computer revolution.

The world’s first dental procedure without human intervention was recently               (2017 ) carried out by a robot in China. We rely on digital X-rays, photographs, CT scans and 3D models to plan the surgical placement of dental implants .A bone graft created in a laboratory can be placed with the precision only dreamed about a few years ago.

Will robots replace dentists in providing dental care? This will happen when a robot can interact with emotion and empathy and build trust with the person on its care.

Who can predict when a driverless car will take us to a dental robot facility for    treatment. Perhaps the future will see a dental robot arrive at our home on board a drone to provide dental care.

Perhaps there will be no need, as according to the song ‘In the year 2525’

In the year 4545
Ain’t gonna need your teeth, won’t need your eyes
You won’t find a thing to chew
Nobody’s gonna look at you

Until then please make dental care part of your daily life.Contact us via our web site www.harrow-dentist.com