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Are You Doing Everything You Should to Prevent Eroding Your Tooth's Enamel?

Posted on 9/15/2015 by Jonathan Woodyard
A boy eating a large bar of chocolate and damaging his teeth with too much sugar.Tooth enamel erosion is caused mainly by bacteria acting on the sugars left in your mouth by food which you have eaten. Bacteria in your mouth feast on the sugars and produces acids that corrode the enamel off your teeth.

Factors to Consider
•  One of the main causes behind tooth enamel erosion is eating too many sweets.
•  Rinsing your teeth after eating sweets will wash away the sugars, food particles and germs.
•  You should be aware that eating sour food that contains acid is harmful as they can eat away the enamel.
•  If you are unable to avoid eating acidic foods, then eat non-acidic foods like cheese or drink milk after your meal.
•  Did you know that your drinks can be a leading factor in tooth erosion? Drinking sodas and other carbonated drinks can also deposit sugars in your mouth and that is why water is considered to be the safest and best thirst quencher.
•  Studies have shown that drinking water that has fluoride added to it can also help prevent tooth erosion. However, if you really need that sugary drink, then drink it with a straw.
•  You can chew sugar-free gums, which will clean your teeth from food bits that are still swimming in your mouth or stuck to your teeth.
•  Do not brush your teeth immediately after eating such food - if it has not been said enough times, it is important to brush your teeth twice a day and floss regularly - try to stick to regular brushing timings.
•  Acids tend to soften the enamel and brushing immediately after an acidic snack can damage your teeth more than the food.
•  Do not use a hard bristled brush and do not apply too much pressure while brushing teeth.

The swimmers are in danger of losing their shiny white enamel even after taking all preventive measures mentioned, as the chlorine in the pools has been known to have a negative effect. So swim with your mouth closed to avoid chlorinated water touching your teeth and avoid brushing your teeth for at least an hour after your swim.

Please contact us if you have any questions about tooth enamel.


Woodyard Dental Care, PSC

Dr. Jonathan Woodyard, DMD

3235 Olivet Church Road
Paducah, KY 42001



Phone: (270) 408-1321

Fax: (270) 408-1323


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