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Acid erosion growing dental care issue
Updated: 4/8/2009 1:00:31 PM

Acid erosion growing dental care issue Some dentists are pointing to a new dental health problem that is affecting both adults and children.

Acid erosion, the loss of tooth enamel caused by acid on the tooth's surface, is a growing epidemic that most parents may not be aware of.

"The popular adage is that it's best to brush after every meal," said Dr. Jessica Meeske, diplomat for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. "However, children should avoid brushing teeth immediately after consuming acidic food or drinks as this is when the enamel is at its softest."

According to Meeske, the dental health condition can be troubling because it can develop even through seemingly healthy diets. This is because acid-rich foods include fruit juice, salad dressings and citrus fruits.

"Instead of avoiding serving these, parents need to better understand what simple things they can do to help protect their children from the damaging effects of acid wear," Meeske said.

In a recent survey, 93 percent of mothers responded that they didn't think their children were at risk for acid erosion of teeth and almost half of the participants said they were not sure if erosion could be repaired or reversed.

Conducting teeth cleanings twice a day can help children avoid developing tooth erosion.

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