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How to Prevent Acid Erosion



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Over time, acidic foods and drinks can cause your tooth enamel to wear down - this is called acid erosion. Acidic foods and drinks include fruit and fruit juices, carbonated drinks, black coffee or tea, wine, and anything that tastes sharp such as ketchup or salad dressing. As few as four acidic 'challenges' throughout the day can put your enamel at risk from acid erosion, also known as acid wear. Your body cannot replace this lost enamel, so it is important to know how you can care for it and protect it against acid erosion.

Here are some tips for preventing acid erosion:

  • Try not to brush your teeth immediately after eating or drinking and be sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush.

  • Use a fluoridated toothpaste and rinse.

  • Use a straw when enjoying acidic drinks and don't swish them around or hold them in your mouth.

  • If you’re eating or drinking something acidic, have cheese, milk, or another non-acidic food or drink with it.

  • Brush for at least two minutes, at least twice a day. Try setting a timer or playing a song to keep track of time.

  • Make sure you visit your dentist and dental hygienist regularly; that would be at least every six months.

Ask your dental hygienist for advice on the best tooth brushing technique. Also, ask for dietary advice on how to best protect your teeth against the effects of acid wear.