Your dentist will be able to tell you if the surfaces of your teeth have become worn. They may discuss the potential sources of acid that have contributed to the erosion and wear of the surfaces of the teeth. Finding the acid source and removing exposure to it are important in the journey to protecting and repairing the teeth.
One of the main methods to prevent tooth erosion is to not drink too many sugary drinks. These drinks are both sugary and acidic and are not good for the health of the teeth. This includes soft drinks, energy drinks, sports drinks and fruit juice - those with and without sugar.
Be aware that adding citrus fruits (e.g., lemons, limes) to water causes the pH of the water to drop, making the drink more acidic. Placing these fruit slices in a water bottle to sip throughout the day is not recommended as this will cause repeated acid attacks on the teeth. Sipping means the teeth will not have time to recover from the last acid attack before another occurs.
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After having acidic foods or drinks, drinking water, milk or eating a piece of cheese can help to neutralise the acids and protect the teeth. Wait at least 60 minutes before brushing your teeth after consuming acidic food or drink or vomiting. While waiting, consider rinsing your mouth with plain tap water, or fluoride mouthwash. If you are not at home, chewing sugar free chewing gum can help to stimulate saliva production that can help to rinse acids from the mouth.