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What causes tooth erosion?

Tooth erosion, which happens when acids eat away at your tooth’s surface, can have several causes. Improper oral hygiene, not brushing and flossing regularly could lead to the thinning of your enamel. An imbalanced diet can also contribute to tooth erosion.
Jonathan B. Levine, DMD
Prosthodontics

Dentist and prosthodontist Dr. Jonathan Levine discusses the causes of tooth erosion. Watch Dr. Levine's video for information on dental health and oral care.


The primary cause of tooth erosion is acid in citrus fruits and other foods. Stomach acid is also a factor, so people who have acid reflux and those who vomit repeatedly because of eating disorders are susceptible to tooth erosion. Sometimes, chlorine and other chemicals can cause erosion.

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