Corrosion

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Often mistakenly identified as erosion, which is defined as "the progressive loss of a material from a solid surface due to mechanical interaction between that surface and a fluid, a multicomponent fluid, impinging linquid or solid particles." This action does not occur on teeth in the oral cavity and should instead be replaced by the term corrosion.

Corrosion is the chemical dissolution of tooth structure due to either an endogenous or exogenous chemical or electrochemical cause.

Endogenous

  • Gastric Acid Regurgitation
    • Anorexia nervosa
    • Bulimia
    • GERD
    • Hiatal Hernia
    • Morning Sickness

Exogenous

  • Acidic Candy
  • Baby Bottle Syndrome
  • Carbonated Drinks
  • Citric Juice
  • Occupational
    • Airborne acids (industrial chemicals)
    • Chlorinated pool water