Enamel erosion is a common dental issue that deserves discussion. Enamel erosion can promote tooth decay and cause tooth sensitivity. Here are some tips to help you avoid enamel erosion and give you a healthy, comfortable smile.
Try to avoid eating acidic foods, and beverages such as juice, soda, and alcoholic drinks. If you do eat these foods, follow these tips to help limit enamel erosion:
Make sure to eat or drink acidic foods with a meal rather than snacking on them throughout the day. The other foods in your meal can neutralize the acid (which helps your teeth) while consuming them throughout the day exposes your teeth to acid for long periods of time.
Drink acidic beverages such as orange juice or soda quickly rather than sipping on it throughout the day. This reduces the amount of time your teeth are exposed to acids. Try using a straw when drinking these beverages, as that further limits the acid exposure to your teeth.
Additionally, you can wash the acid away with water. All you need to do is drink a big glass of water while you are eating acidic foods! This will help limit the time the acid is in contact with your smile. Good for your body, good for your teeth–water is just a great idea all around.
Wait 20-30 minutes to brush your teeth after you have eaten something acidic. Typically, the acid in the foods and drinks wear down your tooth enamel. If you brush too soon, the bristles of your toothbrush will also erode the enamel, as the acids have made it more sensitive to damage.
For more tooth-healthy diet tips, or to help repair eroded enamel, call North Pointe Dental Care at 630-245-0200. Dr. Jason Brown and our team will be happy to help!