Dental erosion occurs when the protective enamel covering of the teeth is worn away, causing the sensitive inner tooth parts to be exposed. This enamel erosion can lead to a number of dental problems. To prevent this from happening, here are some tips you can follow:
Drink plenty of water especially after consuming food and drinks that are highly-acidic. This helps neutralise the acidity level inside your mouth.
Avoid acidic food and beverages, or use a straw
The high acid content of these food and drinks can be harmful to your tooth enamel. Whenever possible, use a straw to drink acidic beverages to minimise the contact with your teeth.
Tooth brushing can wait (for at least an hour)
Do not brush your teeth immediately after consuming acidic food and beverages. This is because tooth enamel is left softened after coming into contact with acidic substances. Wait for about an hour for your teeth to be re-mineralised, before proceeding to tooth brushing.
Gently brush your teeth
Aggressively brushing your teeth can harm the protective enamel. You can still keep your teeth clean with a gentler tooth brushing technique.
Fight with fluoride
Choose toothpaste or other dental care products with fluoride, which helps strengthen the tooth enamel. Ask your dentist for fluoride treatments whenever applicable.
Chew sugar-free gum
Chewing on sugar-free gum keeps the saliva flowing healthily and normally inside your mouth. A mouth well-hydrated with saliva can help prevent enamel erosion.