Daily Brushing of your teeth and gums and cleaning between your teeth is important because it removes plaque. If the plaque isn't removed, it continues to build up, feeding on the food debris left behind and causing tooth decay and gum disease.
Erosion is when the enamel of the tooth wears away by acid attack.
Enamel is the hard, protective coating of the tooth which protects the sensitive dentine underneath.
When the enamel is worn away the dentine underneath is exposed, which may lead to pain and sensitivity.
Erosion usually shows up as hollows in the teeth and a general wearing away of the tooth surface and biting edges.
This can expose the dentine underneath, which is a darker, yellower colour than the enamel.
As the dentine is sensitive, your teeth can also be more sensitive to hot, cold, and acidic food and drinks.
Every time you eat or drink anything acidic, the enamel on your teeth becomes softer for a short while, and loses some of its mineral content. Your
saliva will slowly neutralise this acidity in your mouth and restore it to its natural balance.
However, if this acid attack happens too often, your mouth does not have a chance to repair itself and tiny particles of enamel can be brushed away.
Over time, you start to lose the surface of your teeth.
Also, people suffering from hiatus hernia or oesophageal problems, or who drink too much alcohol, may also find they suffer from dental erosion due to vomiting.