Tooth enamel TLC

A healthy flow of saliva can usually do the job of clearing the potentially damaging acids from your teeth and gums. You can help prevent the erosion of your tooth enamel, too.

  • Minimize your consumption of acidic drinks, including soft drinks, juice, sports drinks, and wine. Switch your pop for water.
  • If you must drink acid-rich drinks, sip through a straw. Position the straw toward the back of your mouth rather than letting the flow of liquid wash over the surface of your teeth.
  • And if you must drink pop, opt for root beer. In research studies, it seemed to have a less corrosive effect on tooth enamel than other types of pop.
  • Don't swish acidic drinks around in your mouth or hold acidic foods in your mouth for too long. The longer the contact between acid and enamel, the more damage may be done.
  • Chew on sugarless gum to stimulate saliva production.
  • Rinse your mouth with water, sip milk, or munch on cheese after you eat something acidic.
  • Brush gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush, using gentle circular strokes.

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