Limiting the Effects of Acid Erosion Is Easier Than You Think
There are easy ways patients can limit acid erosion. Even if patients already show signs of acid erosion, taking the following steps can help prevent further damage.
3 Simple Ways Patients Can Limit Damage1-4
1.Minimize exposure to dietary acids1-3
- Reduce consumption of acidic foods and drinks (<4 daily)
- Avoid holding or swishing acidic drinks in your mouth
- Drink acidic beverages through a straw
- Rinse your mouth with water after consuming acidic foods and drinks
2.Use appropriate technique and timing when brushing teeth2
- Avoid brushing immediately after consuming acidic foods and drinks—they demineralize the tooth surface, making it more susceptible to physical damage, like brushing
- Brush gently but thoroughly with a soft-bristled toothbrush
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