6 Ways to Protect Teeth from Dental Erosion

Dental erosion causes the teeth’s protective enamel layer to wear down, and exposes the more sensitive parts of the teeth to sensitivity and infections. Worn teeth problems affect the appearance of a smile and make it unattractive and unhealthy-looking; teeth erosion also increases the risk of the teeth developing more serious dental problems.

How can you protect your teeth from dental erosion?

  1. Avoid drinking too much of beverages that have a high acid content. The high acidity can damage the tooth enamel in the long run.

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  1. Use a straw when drinking highly acidic beverages such as carbonated beverages and fruit juices, to minimise the liquid’s contact with the teeth surfaces.

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  1. Drink water after consuming acidic beverages to wash away most of the acidity from the teeth surfaces.

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  1. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep the mouth hydrated. A dry mouth encourages the formation of acids on teeth surfaces, and can cause teeth erosion.

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  1. After drinking acidic beverages, wait for at least one hour before brushing your teeth. The tooth enamel will need this time to become hard again after coming into contact with the acid in the drinks; brushing teeth immediately after the acid contact can increase the risk of dental erosion.

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  1. Ask your dentist about fluoride treatments that can protect your teeth from dental erosion.

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