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How does tooth erosion happen?

Teeth erode when the hard enamel on your tooth is attacked by acid. In general, the saliva in your mouth is enough to protect your teeth after you eat acidic food. Eating a lot of food or drinking fluids with high amounts of acid will remove mineral from the surfaces of teeth.

Tooth erosion happens when acid eats through the outer surface of your tooth. This hard outer layer is called enamel. Without proper oral hygiene-brushing twice a day for 2 minutes and daily flossing-this layer can wear thin.

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