5 Ways to Prevent Acid Wear from damaging and discolouring teeth

Posted on 29 September 2020

Did you know that acid wear can make teeth look GREY and can make the UN-WHITENABLE!
Yep just made that word up ?

Acid removes minerals from your enamel (the outer layer of teeth) making it more translucent and this makes them look grey!
Without this mineral content, there’s not a lot left to whiten. This is why whitening doesn’t work well on teeth with significant acid damage.

How can we prevent this?

  1. Drink acidic drinks like lemon water, orange juice, soft drinks and sports drinks (and if you’re game, wine too ?) through a straw to minimise contact with teeth.
  2. Rinse with water after eating or drinking anything acidic. This includes chewable vitamin C tablets and berries! Sneaky, sneaky acid wear!
  3. DO NOT BRUSH for at least 30-60 minutes after eating or drinking something acidic. Acid softens enamel.If you brush straight away, you will remove healthy enamel.
  4. Minimise frequency of intake. If you are sipping lemon water all day, it is much more damaging than smashing back a litre in 2 minute. Why? Because it exposes enamel to acid for extended periods of time.
  5. Try to only consume acidic foods and drinks around meal times. We produce more saliva when we are eating a meal. Saliva helps to buffer the acid attack and protect teeth.

Let’s learn about dental health. Once we have a great foundation, cosmetic work becomes a breeze!

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