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Protect your tooth enamel from dental erosion by taking the necessary steps to prevent harmful acids from attacking your teeth. Although brushing and flossing habits are helpful, some types of toothpaste can be overly abrasive and damage your teeth if your teeth are already overly sensitive due to acidic damage. Avoid brushing directly after meals.

An effective tool in the prevention of dental erosion is saliva. Your body naturally produces saliva, but there are a few times when the production is hindered or blocked, causing dry mouth symptoms. Dry mouth has been shown to increase the rate of tooth decay and gum disease. To avoid dry mouth symptoms after eating, try chewing gum for at least 20 minutes.

Acidic foods do more damage when they are eaten by themselves. Thus, avoid snacks between meals as often as possible. Not only can the snacks contain acids, but the general buildup of plaque and food debris on your teeth increases the time at which your teeth are subjected to potentially harmful substances. To help balance out the effects of acidic foods and neutralize the acids, try to eat them during your large meals.

For any additional questions or concerns, Finesse Dental Care is here to help you with all your oral health needs. For a complete diagnosis from Dr. Hever, Dr. Stout, and our team at our dentist office in Westlake Village, California, you can schedule an appointment by calling us at (805) 742-4749. It’s time to fight back and get the smile you deserve!