Sweets, soda and fruit juices can really do a number on your teeth’s enamel. And it’s not just processed, unhealthy foods, either; citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruit can also eat away at enamel. Over time, eroded enamel can cause pain and sensitivity in your teeth form hot, cold and sweet foods and can contribute to yellowing. Short of avoiding enamel-eroding foods all together, there are a few things on top of your regular dental care routine that you can do to prevent enamel erosion.
1. Don’t Brush Your Teeth.. For at least 1 hour after you’ve had acidic foods, at least! Right after you’ve eaten an acidic food, your enamel is at its softest. Brushing right away will actually help further the erosion.
2. Use a Straw. If your soft spot is sugary sodas and fruit juices, try to drink them with a straw as much as possible, or at least swallow the beverage as quickly as possible. When it comes down to it, the less exposure your teeth have to acids, the better. You can also swish a little water after you’ve had your fix.
3. Get a New Toothbrush. Soft bristles are your best bet. And, even with a soft brush, don’t brush too vigorously.