Tooth erosion occurs when the protective outer layer of the teeth (the enamel) gets thinner, usually because of an acid attack. You do not have to consume actual acid to be exposed to this dental problem. The sugar in the food and drinks you consume on a regular basis reacts with the bacteria naturally present inside the mouth, and produces acid that eventually attacks the surface of teeth. This acid attack, if not treated properly during its early stages, can cause tooth decay and enamel erosion.
How can your teeth be safe from erosion? The simplest way to prevent this is to stay away from food & drinks that are too sweet or have a high sugar content. Acidic food and beverages should also be consumed on a limited basis, as these can also lead to the premature erosion of the teeth enamel. Choose toothpaste and mouthwash products with fluoride as these can make your teeth stronger, and more able to withstand acid attacks on the tooth enamel.
If snacking cannot be avoided, try to choose those that have a low sugar content to minimise the exposure of the teeth enamel to sugar. After consuming food or drinks with high acidity, it is a good idea to chew on sugar-free gum or a slice of cheese, which can help neutralise the acidity level inside the mouth.