Background information for discussion
Dental erosion occurs when tooth enamel (and dentine) are destroyed by the action of acid on teeth. This is a different process to the damage caused by acid from decay producing bacteria.
Unlike tooth decay, erosion affects the whole surface of the tooth. Exposure to acid over a long period of time leads to progressive loss of enamel with the effect that the tooth ‘shrinks’ and crumbles at the biting edge. Eventually the dentine is exposed leading to pain and sometimes death of the tooth.
The process is irreversible and requires expensive cosmetic dentistry to restore function and appearance.
From the results obtained here, we can see that several common drinks fall below the ‘safe’ recommended pH level of 5.5. In order to minimise damage the following dental recommendation should be followed.