Acid and tooth erosion

Alexander Dental Center May 18, 2021

Tooth erosion is  irreversible loss of tooth structure due to chemical dissolution by acids. Acid will dissolve the enamel gradually. When the acid reaches the dentin, the erosion progresses faster. Natural fruit juices as well as carbonated soft drinks and acidic, sweet snacks and sweet-sour candies are significant erosion risk factors.

How to prevent tooth erosion:

  • Avoid acidic beverages.
  • When drinking acidic beverages, use a straw to avoid bathing the teeth in acid.
  • Drink water while eating acidic foods, or rinse the mouth with water after consuming acidic drinks, and foods.
  • Chew sugar free gum to help protect teeth from erosion by promoting saliva flow.
  • Drink milk along with acidic meals, which contributes to remineralization and helps neutralize acids.
  • Avoid brushing teeth immediately after eating or drinking acidic beverages.Wait for half hour to one hour after eating, drinking.
  • Brush teeth using a soft bristle toothbrush and a toothpaste that contains fluoride.

During your regular check ups, our team will let you know if you have any signs of erosion. Contact us if you have a concern.


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