New research finds there's a huge problem with our children's teeth and it's not cavities. It's a slow, silent process that's eating away at a tooth's enamel. I was surprised by some advice in this study. I always thought kids should brush their teeth right after they eat something with sugar! I guess I was wrong!
From Medstar: Finding out your child has a cavity is the last thing parents want to hear after a dental exam. but now there's something else to worry about. A first of its kind study finds that 30-percent of 10-to 14-year-olds have dental erosion. It's the loss of enamel caused by acids found in certain foods and drinks.
Dr. Bennett Amaechi said, "The key thing is that dentists should capture it at the early stage because if you leave it to get advanced, the patient will suffer by sensitivity."
-Tooth erosion is the loss of enamel caused by exposure to acids.
-In a recent study, about 30 percent of middle school students were found to have some degree of tooth erosion.
-High acid foods and beverages, like colas and some citrus fruits, are more likely to cause tooth erosion.
-Patients can take steps to reduce the risk for tooth erosion.