Your smile is what others will often notice about you first. The appearance of your teeth will have a significant impact to the first impressions you can have on other people, so it is important to keep your teeth protected from problems that diminish your smile’s attractiveness.
Teeth erosion is a dental problem which affects not only the appearance, but the function of teeth as well. Aside from cosmetic issues (such as cracks, discolourations, and dents) on the teeth, dental erosion can lead to sensitivity and a higher risk of tooth decay. The enamel protects the sensitive inner parts of the teeth, and any damage to this protective layer exposes the teeth to serious problems if the issue is not addressed soon enough.
What can you do to protect your teeth from erosion?
- Make it a habit to drink plenty of water throughout the day, especially if your mouth easily becomes dry. Reduced production of saliva can result to the formation of acid on the surface of teeth, increasing the risk of teeth erosion.
- Regular and/or excessive consumption of acidic drinks and food items can cause damage to the tooth enamel. Avoiding or at least, reducing the consumption of acidic food and beverages can help prevent the erosion of teeth.
- Use a straw when drinking acidic beverages such as fruit juices and carbonated drinks. Drinking through a straw minimises the contact that these acidic beverage will have with your teeth, so the damaging effects can be reduced or avoided entirely.
- Drink water after having beverages or food items high in acidity. The water washes away the acidity which can stay in the surface of the teeth, causing enamel erosion.
- Do not brush your teeth immediately after consuming high-acidity food or drinks. Wait for at least one hour before brushing your teeth as the enamel is still soft from coming into contact with the acid (in food and drinks), and brushing will only increase the risk of tooth erosion.
- Ask your dentist for recommendations about toothpaste and other dental health products which contain fluoride to protect the teeth from erosion, and to help you deal with any teeth sensitivity issues.
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