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Acid Wear – What Causes It

By August 19, 2016
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Acid wear is a form of tooth wear. It is caused by the surface of the tooth’s enamel softening from eating or drinking something acidic. Acid wear is something that shouldn’t be taken lightly, because once the effects have taken place they can not be reversed. Prevention is the best cure, here are some tips to avoid acid wear.

  • Consume acid-containing foods and drinks quickly to limit the time they are in contact with your teeth.
  • Drink acidic drinks through a straw, and don’t hold the liquid in your mouth or swish it around.
  • Drink plenty of water to maintain hydration levels.
  • Avoid brushing your teeth straight after consuming acid-containing meals or drinks as this is when your enamel is at its softest.
  • After an acidic meal, consider eating some enamel friendly foods such as cheese and nuts to help restore the pH balance in your mouth.
  • Use a toothpaste that contains fluoride with a soft-bristled toothbrush to gently clean your teeth.
  • See your dentist for a check-up every 6 to 12 months