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How To Protect Your Teeth From Acid Erosion

Posted On: February 7, 2017

Everyday our teeth are bombarded with acids from the foods and drinks we consume. Things such as; soda, fruit, fruit juices, candy and even sports drinks contain a lot of acid. Too much acid can cause damage to the enamel on your teeth and cannot be repaired. Here are a few tips you can use to prevent acid erosion from happening to your teeth.

1. Drink less soda, juice and sports drinks.

2. Use a straw when drinking acidic drinks to minimize the contact of the acid on the teeth.

3. Drink acidic drinks in one sitting. When you sip on a soda throughout the day you are continuously bathing your teeth in acid.

4. After eating or drinking any acidic foods or beverages, rinse your mouth out with water. The water will neutralize the acids.

5. Chewing sugarless gum will help increase your saliva production. Your saliva contains minerals to prevent acid wear.

5. After eating or drinking acidic foods and beverages, do NOT brush immediately afterwords. Wait one hour to brush your teeth because the acids leave the enamel softened and prone to erosion during brushing.

7. Use fluoride toothpaste and soft-bristle toothbrushes.

If you follow these easy tips, you can prevent acid erosion from damaging your pearly whites. ~Erika