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You deserve to have a strong, healthy, beautiful, and even comfortable smile. If you’re not careful, there are things in the world that can take that away from you. One of those things is enamel erosion.

Enamel erosion occurs when acid from acidic foods and drinks attacks your teeth and wears them down. This can promote tooth decay and even cause tooth sensitivity. It’s best to prevent this issue daily. To help you do so, Dr. Chet B. Hawkins and our dental team have some tips for you.

First, to your best to avoid eating and drinking acidic foods and beverages. However, if you do consume these things, make sure to do so with a meal instead of snacking on them frequently throughout the day. The other foods in your meal can neutralize the acid and protect your smile.

Second, rinse your mouth with water. It’s best to drink a glass of water while you are eating acidic foods because it can limit the contact the acid has with your smile.

Third, use a straw when drinking an acidic (or carbonated) beverage. This helps your teeth because the beverage will skip the teeth altogether when you’re drinking it. It’s also important to drink the beverage quickly instead of sipping on it throughout the day. This makes it so your teeth aren’t exposed to the acid for extended periods of time.

Fourth, wait for a half an hour to brush your teeth after you have had an acidic food or drink. This is important because if you brush your smile too soon, the toothbrush will cause more harm to your chompers. Typically, the acid wears down your tooth enamel, and if you brush soon after, the bristles can also wear it away.

If you have any questions or if you would like to learn more about how to prevent enamel erosion in Houston, Texas, please call Chet B. Hawkins DDS Inc at your earliest convenience. All you need to do is dial 281-488-4242 and our dental team will be thrilled to help you!