Home Dentistry Articles Erosion (dental)
Erosion is the loss of tooth structure by chemical
forces not involving bacteria. Usually, erosion is found initially
in the enamel. Destruction can be pervasive once these pervasive
forces reach dentin.
Possible sources of erosion are from frequent
sucking of lemon juice, exposure to chlorinated swimming pool
water, and regurgitation of gastric acids. Signs of tooth destruction
from erosion is a common characteristic in the mouths of people
with bulimia since vomiting results in exposure of the oral
cavity to gastric acids.
Frequently, the appearance is a broad, rounded
concavity. There can be evidence of wear on surfaces of teeth
not expected to be in contact with one another. If it occurs
in children, there can be loss of enamel surface characteristics.
Amalgam restorations in the mouth may clean and non-tarnished.