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There are many dental issues in the world today that can harm your smile and affect your oral health. One of those issues in enamel erosion.

Enamel erosion in Los Alamitos, California, is a common dental issue that results from acidic particles attacking the surfaces of your teeth and wearing them down. This often causes tooth sensitivity, tooth discoloration, tooth chips, and more.

To prevent enamel erosion, our Preferred Dental Care team recommends doing the following things:

Eat acidic products with meals: Instead of snacking on them throughout the day, it’s best to save acidic foods and drinks for mealtimes. This will neutralize the acid by eating other non-acidic foods. It will also help decrease the amount of time the acidic product is in contact with your teeth.

Drink water: When you eat or drink an acidic food or beverage, it’s best to also sip water. Drinking water while and after consuming an acidic product will help wash the harmful particles away.

Use a straw: If you must drink acidic beverages, it’s best to do so with a straw. Using a straw will reduce the chances of the acid having contact with your teeth. It’s also best to finish the drink quickly instead of sipping it throughout time.

Say no to bubbles: Try to avoid drinking carbonated drinks. You can switch them out with water, milk or tea.

Wait before brushing: Acid softens your tooth enamel, so it’s important that you wait at least 30 minutes to brush after you’ve consumed an acidic product. If you don’t wait, brushing can cause damage to your smile. While you wait, rinse your mouth with tap water.

Doing these things will help you in many ways, but there are times when you might fall victim to this issue. If this is the case for you, please call our office today at 562-431-1349 and schedule an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Chris A. Gipe, at your earliest convenience. We look forward to hearing from you!