Tooth erosion has been known to cause many of our patients mild dental problems, from tooth sensitivity and discoloration to more severe problems such as severe sensitivity, cracked teeth and even tooth indentations. Not only can tooth erosion cause severe damage to your teeth if it’s not treated, but if you take care of your teeth by brushing and flossing daily, it can even be prevented. Here are more ways that you can prevent tooth erosion from happening to your pearly whites…
- Stay away from acidic foods and beverages. If you do consume acidic foods and drinks, make sure you’re rinsing your mouth out with water. This way, the acid will be neutralized and it won’t be as harsh on your teeth.
- If you’re consuming acidic foods and drinks, wait at least 60 minutes before brushing your teeth. Because acidic foods and drinks can weaken enamel, brushing can actually work with the acid on your teeth to remove the enamel even further. Wait for your teeth to remineralize after acid exposure by not brushing your teeth for at least an hour.
- Do your best to cut back on the amount of carbonated beverages you drink. Instead, replace them with milk, water, tea or unsweetened coffee.
- If you do end up drinking carbonated beverages, use a straw. This goes for other sweet drinks as well. Natural fruit juices and carbonated beverages are very acidic; using a straw will enable the liquid to bypass your teeth and go quickly to the back of your mouth.
Don’t go anywhere just yet! The dentists at Drs. Coakley & Trainor Dental Health Care in Woburn have more great tips for keep your teeth away from tooth erosion.