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Tooth Erosion and Abrasion are Different -Why?

January 7, 2016

Filed under: Tooth Erosion — Tags: , — Dr Gillis @ 10:42 pm

What is Tooth Erosion or Abrasion?

This is erosion. Note the lack of tooth enamel - the white part - on the molar.

This is erosion. Note the lack of tooth enamel – the white part – on the molar.

Tooth erosion and abrasion are very different but both are very destructive!  Tooth erosion or acid erosion, also known as dental erosion, is a type of tooth wear. It is defined as the irreversible loss of tooth structure due to chemical dissolution by acids.  This is very different from tooth loss due to dental decay or trauma and is not of bacterial origin.  The acid comes from beverages or even from your stomach in the form of ‘heart burn’. (more…)