- Erosion – dissolution by acids e.g. fizzy drinks
- Attrition – tooth on tooth wear e.g. grinding
- Abrasion – foreign object on tooth wear e.g. overzealous tooth brushing
I wouldn’t expect my patients to stop enjoying these foods and drinks but I do have some helpful tips. Avoid biting into lemons and holding them against the teeth. Use a straw for sports drinks, fruit juices and fizzy drinks and limit them to mealtimes. By no means brush your teeth following an acid load. Wait at least 10 minutes to allow the saliva to buffer the acid back to normal pH to prevent further wear through abrasion.