Tooth enamel, the outermost layer of the tooth, is one of the hardest substances in the body. But, it can be
permanently damaged by acids in our daily diets if if we don’t work to strengthen and protect it. Everyone should know how to help protect their teeth from the effects of acid erosion. Many of the foods and drinks found in our modern diets—including the healthy ones like citrus fruits and berries, are very acidic and can strip away tooth enamel. But, you can continue eating the healthy foods you love while also helping to strengthen and protect your enamel by following a few, simple tips. Try to avoid brushing your teeth immediately after eating. Your enamel is softest right after an acidic meal, so waiting at least 30 minutes before brushing will give your saliva time to release minerals back into your enamel.
Also, try not to swish around acidic drinks, like citrus juices, in your mouth. This prolongs the acid contact with your teeth. Instead, drink through a straw.
Take a look at how you eat. Instead of eliminating healthy, acidic foods like berries from your diet, try pairing them with cheese or milk to help neutralize the acids. Also, drink plenty of plain, uncarbonated water. It washes away any food that might be trapped in your teeth and helps clear off acidic film. Brush with an enamel-strengthening toothpaste, like Pronamel®. It is specially designed to help protect enamel from the effects of acid erosion. With an optimized fluoride formulation, Pronamel® actively strengthens weakened enamel and helps prevent enamel from eroding further. Finally, visit your dentist regularly. Going to the dentist every six months for a routine exam and cleaning can help protect your teeth. Maintaining great oral care is something you can work toward every day. Just a few small changes to your diet and your daily oral care routine can help strengthen and protect your enamel from the effects of acid erosion.