Frequent consumption of food and drinks with a high acid content can cause acid erosion. When tooth enamel is exposed to acids from foods or drinks, it can temporarily soften and lose some of its mineral content.
Saliva will help neutralize acidity, but if there are a lot of acidic foods and drinks in your diet, your teeth do not have a chance to repair themselves.
Wine, fruit juices and various fruits can be highly acidic and, therefore, potentially damaging to the teeth. Acidic foods should not and cannot easily be avoided since they are important to a healthy diet. However, care needs to be taken as to when and how often they are consumed. It is not just what is consumed that causes the effects of acid erosion, but also the way that acidic items are consumed.
- * Avoid brushing your teeth immediately after consuming acidic foods or drinks, when your enamel is most soft and more likely to be worn away. Try waiting an hour before brushing your teeth. Or consider brushing your teeth before you eat.
- * Don't swish acidic drinks in your mouth — swallow them quickly. Consider drinking soft drinks through a straw to avoid contact with your teeth. When it comes to the effects of acid erosion, studies suggest that the way you drink acidic beverages has more of an effect on your teeth than the quantity you drink. And the less you have acids in contact with your teeth, the better.
- * Have regular dental check-ups and follow your dentist's or dental hygienist's advice.
- * Use ProNamel® toothpaste as your daily toothpaste. Get a coupon for ProNamel® toothpaste now and save.
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