We all know that tooth erosion can lead to more serious problems, like gum disease. It can also lead to having to get teeth removed, which could require a dental implant to be fitted. We’ve put together the 6 top tips to help avoid tooth erosion.
- Don’t brush too quickly: It is recommended to wait for 30 to 60 minutes after sipping on a soda before brushing your teeth. This gives teeth time to re-mineralize (or re-harden) after the acid softens the surface enamel. In essence, the saliva will neutralize the effect of the acid. Many people think that brushing right away is the best thing to do, but brushing too quickly can remove the soft enamel on your teeth.
- Drink with a straw: If you are going to drink sugary drinks, it is best to drink them through a straw. This minimizes the contact of acidic beverages with the tooth surfaces, which reduces the erosion of enamel.
- Top up on Calcium: Research has shown that the presence of calcium can help to reduce the erosive nature of sugary drinks, and also can help to increase re-mineralisation.
- Explore natural alternatives: It is best to keep milk and water as the main fluid intakes, and to stay away from sugary and acidic drinks and beverages. At the very least, it is advised to limit these drinks to mealtimes, when saliva flow is increased, which helps to neutralize the acid levels more effectively.
- Only brush twice a day: Although many people think that the more they brush their teeth the better, brushing your teeth too often can actually lead to a recession in the gumline, and the wearing down of enamel. Best practice is to brush teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.
- Limit food right before bed: It can take saliva up to an hour to work away and neutralise all of the acids in your mouth. When you sleep, the flow of saliva dramatically decreases, which means it would not be as effective at neutralising acids in your mouth. It is best to try to finish your food at least an hour before bed.
If you want more information about reducing tooth erosion, you can speak to your local dentist!