Tooth Enamel Erosion; Part 2

Protecting Your Enamel?

Good dental care at home daily and regular cleanings at the dentist’s office is the best way to keep your mouth healthy.

Here are some other tips to help stop tooth erosion:

Cut down on acidic drinks and foods, like sodas and citrus fruits and juices. When you do have something with acid, have it at mealtimes to make it easier on your enamel.  You can also switch to products like low-acid orange juice.

Rinse your mouth with water right after you eat or drink something acidic.

Use a straw for sodas and fruit juices so they bypass the teeth. Don’t swish them around in your mouth.

Finish a meal with a glass of milk or a piece of cheese to cancel out acids.

Drink more water during the day if you have dry mouth.

Use a soft toothbrush, and remember not to brush too hard.

Wait at least an hour to brush after you’ve had acidic foods or drinks. They soften the enamel and make it more prone to damage from your toothbrush.

Use fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash.

Seek treatment if you have conditions like bulimia, alcoholism, or GERD.

Can Damaged Tooth Enamel Be Repaired?

The best approach depends on your problem. We can recommend tooth bonding which can protect a damaged tooth and cover teeth that are worn down, chipped, or discolored.

If you’ve lost a lot of that outer shell, the best option may be to cover the tooth with a crown to strengthen and protect it from further damage.

 

If you think you have enamel loss and would like to schedule a consultation contact our International Patient Coordinator at clinic@davincisdentalcare.com

Keven Peoples