We’ve written before about the research on how sodas, energy drinks and other common beverages erode dental enamel, and linked to other stories on this currently popular topic. Most, if not all, recent studies on the issue have focused on the effects of such beverages: the damage they do and the way that they do it. And a recent article in General Dentistry, published by the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), is not especially different in this regard. It’s title makes it clear: the researcher, M.A. Bassiouny, DMD, MSc, PhD, looked at the “Effects of Common Beverages on the Development of Cervical Erosion Lesions”.
But what caught our attention about this study was the AGD’s media release distributed after its publication. Perhaps it is a nod to the fact that so much similar research has been conducted lately that their release focused not on the erosive effects of common beverages but on a minor aspect of the article: “What can be done to restore teeth already affected?”
Now, hold onto your figurative horses, because this will blow your ever-lovin’ mind:
Dr. Bassiouny instructs those who are experiencing tooth erosion to first, identify the culprit source of erosion, possibly with the help of a dental professional. Then, the individual should determine and understand how this source affects the teeth in order to implement measures to control and prevent further damage. Lastly, the person should stop or reduce consumption of the suspected food or beverage to the absolute minimum. He notes that information about the acid content of commonly consumed foods or beverages is usually available online or on the product’s label. It is also recommended to seek professional dental advice in order to possibly restore the damaged tissues.
To put it in plain English, here are the three things to do if you find your teeth have experienced erosion:
- Find out what’s causing it.
- Learn how the cause works so you can make a plan to deal with it.
- Stop eating the food or drinking the beverage that’s causing the erosion.