Dental Erosion

brushing teethCavities aren’t the only thing that can hurt your teeth. A growing number of people these days suffer from dental erosion. Dental erosion is often caused by the acid in the food we eat and the beverages we drink. It has a chemical reaction that essentially softens the enamel, which is the protective layer over the teeth and over time, the enamel can erode. It can also lead to both tooth and gum problems.

Luckily, there are ways to prevent this from happening. Don’t brush your teeth right after eating or drinking something that would be acidic. If you drink a soda or have foods such as oranges, lemons or grapefruit, or even sour candies – rinse your mouth out with some water. Wait at least 30 minutes before brushing. Your enamel is going to be soft for a little while and you want to wait until it gets harder again before you brush.

Lastly, use a soft toothbrush and don’t overbrush. Also, stay away from overly-abrasive toothpaste.

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