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Foods with increased acidity can eat away at your tooth enamel and cause tooth decay and cavities to arise via a process known as dental erosion. Tooth erosion can also be the result of acids from your stomach that enter your mouth during ailments such as vomiting and acid reflux disease. If your tooth enamel is damaged and the acids are left unchecked due to any circumstances, it could result in dental erosion. To protect your smile, consider the following dental erosion prevention plans:

– If you must eat acidic foods, always consume them with a large meal. To clean your teeth afterward, never use a toothbrush and toothpaste, as this could cause abrasion damage due to heightened tooth sensitivity. Instead, try using an alternative dental cleaning tool such as mouthwash.
– Focus on eating healthy snacks as part of a healthy diet.
– Stay away from acidic foods. Unfortunately, many snacks and sweets already come with a high acidity and a low pH capable of causing dental erosion.
– To upgrade your oral health, use products that can increase your saliva production after meals, including sugarless chewing gum.

Of course, seeing your dentist regularly is important for keeping a strong smile.  If you would like Drs. Steven and Randy and our team at Elite Dental to bring you in for an oral exam to determine what treatment is best for you, please contact our dentist office in American Fork, Utah, by calling us at 801-763-7737. We look forward to hearing from you soon!