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How to Prevent Tooth Erosion

Why worry about tooth erosion?  Because of increased acidity in our diet, it could be happening to your teeth.

You can still enjoy acidic foods and beverages while minimizing their impact on your teeth.

tooth erosion

This common problem is often misdiagnosed as tooth wear from brushing too hard, clenching or grinding teeth.

Review these signs of tooth erosion or skip to prevention and treatment.

Acidic food or drinks, acid reflux, medications, and eating disorders are some causes of enamel erosion.

Like most health issues, it is easier to prevent than it is to repair.

Once the first signs of erosion are noticed, it is important to identify the cause and make changes to avoid further damage to your enamel.

The Causes

Our diet has become more acidic.  Acid reflux and eating disorders can go undiagnosed and untreated for years.

Acidic foods and drinks are the most common cause of tooth erosion.

Citrus drinks, citrus fruits, carbonated sodas (diet or regular), and wine all cause dental erosion in some.

Prevention and Treatment

  • If you like these beverages, use a straw and swish with water after you finish.
  • Avoid swishing or swilling acidic drinks and minimize contact
    with your teeth.
  • Don't brush your teeth immediately after drinking an acidic beverage. Waiting 30 minutes for the ph of your saliva to recover is best.
  • When you brush, use a non abrasive fluoridated toothpaste.  This article explains how to know if your toothpaste is too abrasive.

Sensodyne Pronamel toothpaste is a good choice for teeth weakened by acid erosion. It has been shown to remineralize and strengthen thin enamel.

Pronamel is non abrasive, has fluoride, and is SLS free.

Severely eroded teeth may need to be treated by your dentist.

Signs of Tooth Erosion

This type of tooth damage makes teeth look translucent. Edges of front teeth may look thinner.

Molars may have areas where the enamel is thin causing concave areas in the chewing surface known as cupping.

These teeth may be sensitive to cold or touch.

Since damage occurs gradually and some of your tooth surfaces are hard to see, it is important to have see your dentist for an evaluation.

Once eating disorders and acid reflux are ruled out as possible causes, a close look at your diet will provide answers.

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