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Acid Erosion
 
Foods and drinks can have different pH levels, and those under 5.3pH can be damaging to teeth if consumed in excess.
 
The most common drinks are fizzy drinks and juices.
 
Even some fruits can be acidic but are important as part of our 5 a day.  Just watch habits around eating such foods and drinks (such as sucking oranges etc..)
 
If there is a problem with acid reflux or vomiting this may also cause acid erosion, and there can be underlying problems.  Speak to your doctor about these issues.
 
Our Advice is:
 
1. As acidic foods and drinks soften the enamel, avoid brushing straight after, wait an hour.(The same applies if you have been sick)
 
2. Drink acidic in moderation and consume through a straw. Avoid swishing such drinks in the mouth.
 
3. Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and visit the dentist on a regular basis.
 
 
 

Photo shows dissolved enamel behind upper front teeth caused by acid erosion.
 


 

 

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