Most of us don’t think about enamel erosion when we eat. But the types of foods we put in our mouths makes a big difference in the rate of erosion we’ll experience.

Did you know consuming acidic food and drinks can contribute to loss of enamel? There are many factors that can cause corrosion.

Keep reading to learn more about tooth enamel erosion.

What Causes Tooth Erosion?

Certain types of food and drinks can cause the erosion of your teeth. Things such as:

  • Coffee
  • Citrus
  • Juices
  • Alcohol
  • Sugary foods
  • Soda

As well as diet, there are health factors that can cause erosion. Acid reflux, dryness of the mouth, and even medicines can contribute to loss of enamel.

Tooth Enamel Erosion Prevention

It’s not too late to start on enamel protection. Follow these tips for healthier teeth.

Avoid Acidic Foods and Drinks

It’s not easy to avoid acidic foods and drinks altogether. But you can limit your consumption of them and how long they stay on your teeth.

Snacking on acidic foods throughout the day will keep your teeth coated in it. By only allowing yourself to eat these foods during meal time, you limit exposure.

Drink Water

When you do consume foods that promote erosion, try drinking plenty of water. Experts say that sipping water while you eat will help wash the mouth of corrosive content.

You can also rinse your mouth after a meal. Rinsing with water will wash out any acid that could still be sitting there.

Drink With a Straw

If you do intend on drinking sugary products, try drinking with a straw.

This will help to prevent the sugary drink settling on your teeth.

Chew Gum

Chewing sugar-free gum will help you produce enough saliva to keep your teeth coated and free of acid.

If you chew sugar-free gum after a meal, it will help you to keep your teeth clean.

Regular Visits to Your Dentist’s Office

By seeing your dentist often, you can help prevent your teeth from losing enamel.

Regular teeth cleanings will keep your smile looking healthy and beautiful. If you already have a lot of erosion on your teeth, your dentist can treat it early.

Enamel Erosion Treatment

So, you think you may already have a lot of enamel erosion already. Now what?

Because enamel cannot be regrown, your dentist will help you find ways to prevent more. Fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash can be a good at-home treatment.

If there is extensive damage to your enamel, you may need tooth bonding put over the existing tooth. Bonding is when a tooth-colored material goes over your teeth. It protects the tooth from further damage.

How We Can Help

Now you know how to prevent tooth enamel erosion at home, so you can keep your enamel from eroding more. Schedule an appointment with Collaborative Dental. We can help your smile stay healthy.

Try reading “Dental Well-Being Means Mental Well-Being” for more information about why dental services are important to your overall wellness.