Tooth erosion is caused by acidic foods and drinks ‘dissolving’ away the surface of the tooth. It is becoming increasingly more common, especially due to greater consumption of fizzy drinks – including ‘diet’ brands.
Acids in the mouth can dissolve away tooth surfaces. Given the chance, teeth will repair themselves, using minerals from saliva. But if acid is in the mouth too often, teeth cannot repair themselves and the hard tooth surface (the enamel) becomes thinner – this is called ‘erosion’.
The teeth can then become extra sensitive to hot and cold