- Use a specialist toothpaste that helps prevent enamel wear to help limit enamel erosion, which helps minerals in its formulation to penetrate deep into the enamel surface, actively strengthening weakened enamel, making it stronger, healthier and better protected against the effects of everyday acids.
- Cut down on the amount of acidic food and drink, particularly fizzy drinks; reduce the amount and frequency throughout the day.
- Wait for at least an hour after eating or drinking acidic food and drink before brushing your teeth.6 Acidic food and drink can temporarily soften enamel, but if you wait a while before brushing, your saliva is a buffer and neutralizes the acid effects, helping to prevent enamel loss when you brush your teeth.
- Don’t brush too hard. Use a soft-to medium-bristled brush, which is designed to protect tooth enamel.
Sticking to a good oral health routine, including regular visits to your dentist, is the best way to protect against acid erosion on teeth and tooth sensitivity.
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