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Oral Health Topics

Dental Erosion

Key Points

  • Erosion is the loss or wear of dental hard tissue by acids not caused by bacteria.
  • Erosion may be caused by intrinsic (e.g., excessive vomiting or acid reflux) and/or extrinsic (e.g., diet) factors.
  • Soft drinks, particularly carbonated sodas and sports drinks, appear to be the most significant extrinsic cause of erosion.
  • Drinks containing high concentrations of calcium, like milk, may reduce risk of erosion.
  • Introduction
  • Dental Erosion
  • Prevention and Management
  • Patient Information
  • ADA Seal of Acceptance: Dental Erosion
  • References
  • ADA Resources
  • Other Resources
Prepared by: Center for Scientific Information, ADA Science Institute
Topic last updated: March 20, 2019


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