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Acid Erosion

Posted on March 26, 2013 in Dental Health, Acid Erosion

Have you ever said, “My teeth are soft, my teeth are translucent, or my teeth are VERY sensitive?”  If yes, then you might be dealing with acid erosion.

Acid erosion is when your tooth enamel is being worn away from the acid in our foods like: wine, fruit, sodas, and even vegetables.

Here are some signs of acid erosion:

1) Transparency 

2) Discoloration 

3) Rounded teeth 

4) Cracks 

5) Sensitivity

Usually, our saliva helps neutralize the acid found in our food by restoring the PH balance and remineralizing the enamel of our teeth. But due to the acidity of modern diets, our saliva isn’t always enough to restore the PH balance needed to remineralize the enamel.

We at Montgomery Dentistry recommend the following activities to help the process of reminieralization and prevention of acid erosion:

1) Use Sensodyne toothpaste ProNamel 

2) Drink acidic drinks through a straw to avoid contact with your teeth 

3) Maintain your regular dental checkups 

4) Avoid brushing immediately after eating acidic foods. That is when you enamel is the softest. Wait about an hour then brush.

Spring is near and that means time for all the wonderful fresh fruits and vegetables.  Keep in mind some of our tips to help combat acid erosion.

Happy Spring from your friends at Montgomery Dentistry!

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About the Author

Dr. Jay L. Robertson

Dr. Jay L. Robertson

Dr. Jay Robertson joined our practice in July 2008.  He is from Montgomery and is a graduate of Saint James School, Birmingham-Southern College, and the University of Alabama, Birmingham School of Dentistry.  He is a member of the American Dental Association, the Alabama Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry.

Dr. Robertson and his wife Jennifer have four children, John Campbell, Julian, Lowe, and Ansley.

Dr. Robertson serves on the board of the Montgomery Quarterback Club and is a member of the First United Methodist Church of Montgomery. When not at work, Dr. Robertson enjoys all things sports, including Auburn, golf, and his children’s various sports.

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