About Acid Erosion

How to Protect Against Acid Erosion

Acid erosion happens when acids present in certain foods and drinks weaken the enamel surfaces of your teeth.

Your body cannot replace this enamel so it is important to know how you can care for it and protect it against acid erosion.

Here are some very simple steps we can all take to protect our enamel from acidic foods and drinks:

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1. See a Dentist

Make an appointment to see your dentist.

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2. Eat Smart

There’s no need to give up acidic foods in your diet -particularly fruit - but take a fresh look at when, how often and how you eat it. If you’re eating something acidic, have cheese, milk, or another non-acidic food or drink with it. Try not to take frequent snacks.

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3. Use a Reusable Straw

Use a reusable straw when consuming acidic drinks and don't swill them around or hold them in your mouth. Try not to brush your teeth immediately after eating or drinking and make sure you’re using a soft-bristled brush.

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4. Use Sensodyne

Use Sensodyne toothpaste as your daily fluoride toothpaste. It contains fluoride to strengthen enamel and to help protect tooth enamel against the effects of acid erosion.

5. Consider Mouthwash

Consider using a mouthwash specially designed for sensitive teeth along with a fluoride toothpaste as part of your daily oral health routine.