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Research Supports the Theory of Dental Erosion
Research on the harmful effects of acidic food and beverages and dental erosion is well documented in scientific literature. Minnesota dentists Dr. Robyn Loewen and Dr. Robert Marolt, in conjunction with Dr. John Ruby (University of Alabama-Birmingham School of Dentistry), have compiled this substantial evidence into an article titled “Pucker Up: The Effects of Sour Candy on Your Patients’ Oral Health,” published in the Minnesota Dental Association’s Northwest Dentistry Journal (March-April 2008).
The findings are informational and highly useful for both dental professionals and the general public.
How Tooth Erosion Happens
- Sensitivity occurs when tooth enamel wears away. You may feel a twinge of pain when consuming hot, cold, or sweet foods and drinks.
- Discoloration is visible as a slight yellow appearance on the tooth surface.
- Transparency of the front teeth appears along the biting edges.
- Rounding of teeth occurs along the surfaces and edges of the teeth.
- Cracks and roughness appear along the edges of the teeth.
- Dents (known as cupping) develop on the chewing surfaces of the teeth. At this severe stage, fillings may actually appear to rise up.
- Tooth decay is caused by loss of the protective outermost layer of enamel.
View a Chart Showing the Acid Levels in Popular Sour Candies (.pdf)
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