Enamel erosion probably isn’t a dental issue you hear of often, but you probably hear of cavities frequently. Unfortunately, these two issues can go hand in hand. Enamel erosion is the process of acid eroding and weakening the tooth enamel. When the enamel is weak, it allows bacteria to attack and create a cavity. As you may have already guessed, it’s best to prevent enamel erosion and cavities as much as possible. To help you do so, our dentist, Dr. Gerald Fujii, and dental team encourage you to use our tips.
First, avoid tooth-harming foods and drinks. This includes acidic products like orange juice, apple juice, carbonated beverages, oranges, lemons, and limes. It also includes sugary products, like candy, cookies, sweets, soda, and cake. It’s best to stick to tooth-healthy foods and drinks, like water, milk, fruits, vegetables, and dairy products.
Second, keep up on oral hygiene. This means you need to brush your teeth twice a day, floss your smile once a day, and rinse your mouth with mouthwash daily. You also need to visit your dentist every six months. These things can help you clean as well as strengthen your teeth, especially with fluoride. If you do happen to consume something acidic, it’s best to wait 30 minutes before you brush.
If you have any questions or if you would like to know more about how to prevent enamel erosion and cavities in Portland, Oregon, please reach out to Portland Dental at (503) 221-8123 at your earliest convenience. When you contact our dental team, we will be thrilled to help you!