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    Tooth Enamel Erosion

    How Can I Protect My Enamel?

    Good dental care is the best way to keep your mouth healthy.

    • Cut down on acidic drinks and foods, like sodas, citrus fruits, and juices. When you do have something with acid, have it at meal times to make it easier on your enamel. You can also switch to things like low-acid orange juice.
    • Rinse your mouth with water right after you eat or drink something acidic.
    • Use a straw for sodas and fruit juices so they bypass the teeth. Don’t swish them around in your mouth.
    • Finish a meal with a glass of milk or a piece of cheese. This will cancel out acids.
    • Chew sugar-free gum. This lowers the amount of acid in your mouth. Gum also helps you make more saliva, which strengthens your teeth with key minerals.
    • Drink more water during the day if you have dry mouth.
    • Use a soft toothbrush. And try not to brush too hard.
    • Wait at least an hour to brush after you've had acidic foods or drinks. They soften the enamel and make it more prone to damage from your toothbrush.
    • Use fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash. Your dentist can tell you which products can protect your teeth and make them less sensitive.
    • Get treatment for conditions like bulimia, alcoholism, or GERD.

    Can Damaged Enamel Be Repaired?

    If you’ve lost some of it, there are ways to fix it. The best approach depends on your situation.

    Tooth bonding can protect a damaged tooth and cover teeth that are worn down, chipped, or discolored.

    If you’ve lost a lot of that outer shell, your dentist may cover the tooth with a crown to protect it from further damage.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Michael Friedman, DDS on November 09, 2015
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    Only 18.5% of Americans never floss. You are missing out on a simple way to make a big difference in the health of your mouth. Regardless of how well you brush, plaque still forms between your teeth and along your gums. Floss removes food trapped between the teeth and removes the film of bacteria that forms there before it turns to plaque, which can cause inflamed gums (gingivitis), cavities, and tooth loss. Try flossing just one tooth to get started.

    You are one of 31% of Americans who don't floss daily. You are missing out on a simple way to make a big difference in the health of your mouth. Regardless of how well you brush, plaque still forms between your teeth and along your gums. Toothbrush bristles alone cannot clean effectively between these tight spaces. Flossing removes up to 80% of the film that hardens to plaque, which can cause inflamed gums (gingivitis), cavities, and tooth loss. Aim for 3 more days!

    You are one of 31% of Americans who don't floss daily, but you're well on your way to making a positive impact on your teeth and gums. Regardless of how well you brush, plaque still forms between your teeth and along your gums. Toothbrush bristles alone cannot clean effectively between these tight spaces. Flossing removes up to 80% of the film that hardens to plaque, which can cause inflamed gums (gingivitis), cavities, and tooth loss. Aim for all 7 days!

    Only 50.5% of Americans floss daily, and good for you that you are one of them! Regardless of how well you brush, plaque still forms between your teeth and along your gums. Toothbrush bristles alone cannot clean effectively between these tight spaces. Flossing removes up to 80% of the film that hardens to plaque, which can cause inflamed gums (gingivitis), cavities, and tooth loss. Congratulations on your good oral health habit!

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    American Dental Association, Healthy People 2010

    This tool is intended only for adults 18 and older.

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