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Can I prevent dental erosion?

Dental erosion or tooth erosion is a condition that happens when acids eat away at your tooth’s surface. It can be prevented through several basic oral hygiene steps. One thing to do is avoiding foods with added sugars. Also, drinking lots of water along with regular tooth brushing (two times a day for two minutes) and flossing can help you prevent dental erosion.

Rita Medwid
Dentist

Yes, you can prevent dental erosion, once you are aware of what is causing it. Soda, Gatorade, or power drinks ( either regular or sugar-free) are very acidic and eat away at the enamel. Avoid sipping on these types of drinks. Do not let the fizz of the Coke or Pepsi run through your teeth. You do not have to give them up totally, just try to consume them with a meal or in a short period of time. Then rinse out with water or alcohol-free mouthwash. Do not brush your teeth for at least 20 minutes. Chew sugar-free gum, sweetened with Xylitol. Suck on a sugar-free hard candy to stimulate the flow of saliva, which will balance the ph and neutralize the negative effects of the acid. Use a re-mineralizing toothpaste, or one made for acid erosion. You can prevent the tooth erosion caused by clenching or grinding by wearing a hard splint or hard night guard. Your dentist can prescribe a tooth cream or a gel that will help rebuild the enamel. Or fabricate a custom mouthguard for you. 


Peggy Rosen
Dentist

You can prevent dental erosion by:

  1. Limit the amount taken on acidic fruits and their juices such as orange, grapefruit, lemon, lime.
  2. Stop drinking all carbonated drinks, soft drinks and "sports" drinks
  3. Rinse your mouth with water often if you drink acidic fruits or juices
  4. Use straw if you drink fruits juice. Don't sip and swish the juice around your mouth.
  5. Chew sugar-free gum that has xylitol to increase saliva flow, which helps prevent erosion.
  6. Use soft toothbrush and avoid brushing aggressively. Learn how to brush your teeth properly.
  7. Avoid brushing immediately after consuming acidic food; acid soften the enamel and tooth is more prone to erosion at this stage.
  8. Use toothpaste that contains fluoride
  9. Get treatment immediately if you have these condition: GERD, bulimia and alcoholism.

 

Dental erosion is preventable. If you want to prevent erosion, you can start by avoiding acidic foods and drinks that cause it. Do some research to make sure the foods and drinks that you are consuming are not too acidic. You may have to cut back, for example, on the amount of soda and fruit juice you drink. Moderation is the key. It is also important to practice good oral hygiene. That means brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and flossing once a day as well. If you do drink an acidic beverage, do not brush your teeth immediately beforehand or for at least 60 minutes afterwards. Simply rinse your mouth after drinking the beverage with water. Regular checkups with your dentist and professional fluoride treatments, if necessary, will also help spot and preventing erosion. If your dental erosion is caused by a condition like bulimia or acid reflux, the only way to prevent it is to treat the underlying condition. If you suffer from either of these conditions, you should talk to a medical professional about receiving proper treatment.

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