embrace health - acid wear

What is acid wear?

Acid wear is a form of tooth wear. It is caused by the surface of the tooth's enamel softening from eating or drinking something acidic.

When tooth enamel (the tooth's hard surface) is exposed to acids (from food, drinks or the stomach), it temporarily softens and loses some of it's mineral conetent. Saliva will help neautralize acidity, restore the mouth's natural balance and slowly harden the tooth enamel. However, because the tooth's recovery process is slow, if the acid attack happens frequently, the tooth does not have a chance to repair.

Measuring the levels of acid in food and drinks

pH is a measure of how acidic or alkaline a substance is. The pH scale ranges from 1 to 14, with 1 being very acidic, 7 neutral and 14 very alkaline. Acid wear can start at a pH of 5.0 or below.

The pH of some common liquids are:

Published on Thursday 30 March 2017  
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dentist or orthodontist?

It all depends on the kind of treatment you need. Both dentists and orthodontists have a valuable role to play in keeping your teeth healthy and beautiful.

Often, dentists and orthodontists will work together to offer patients holistic treatment. If your family dentist thinks you need orthodontic work, they’ll refer you to a specialist orthodontist. And if you need general dental, cosmetic work, or a tooth extraction to complement orthodontic work, your orthodontist will refer you to a dentist.

Published on Monday 27 March 2017  
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dr steve atkin - smile of the week

Such a great smile, enjoy being braces free.

Published on Tuesday 21 March 2017  
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who needs orthodontics?

Do you have teeth that grind or clench? Or jaws that click? Perhaps you’re having difficulty with speech, or problems chewing and biting. These are all conditions that an orthodontist can help with.

Many people will need to see an orthodontist at some stage in life. Perhaps because of a problem that’s developed in adulthood. Or one that was not treated properly when they were younger.

treatment for all ages and life stages

While many adults want to achieve a straight, natural smile through orthodontics, there are often dental health reasons too. Proper alignment reduces wear and helps keep teeth healthy and gums clean.

Many different teeth and bite conditions can be improved by orthodontics. While the easiest time to treat problems is while you are still young but have your adult teeth, you’re never too old to see an orthodontist.

Published on Tuesday 21 March 2017  
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chewing sugar free gum

Chewing sugarfree gum after eating or drinking is clinically proven to complement a healthy oral care routine.

It stimulates the body’s most important natural defence against tooth decay - saliva - which, in turn helps protect your teeth by:

Published on Wednesday 15 March 2017  
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