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A key threat to your oral health is known as dental erosion. Dental erosion arises when harmful acids destroy your tooth enamel often over a long period of time. If a hole arises in your tooth enamel, it is known as a cavity. Fortunately, there are many methods and treatments available to help prevent cavities and dental erosion from damaging your smile.

The most important thing you can do to prevent dental erosion is to combat the effects before they take place. This means eating nutritious foods and avoiding foods and drinks that are high in acids. Stay away from foods that have very low pH levels as they are the most likely to contribute to dental erosion.

Furthermore, rinse your mouth out with water or an applicable cleaning product after eating meals. Never use an oral health care product such as toothpaste after eating, because your teeth may be extra sensitive at this time and toothpaste may be too abrasive for them. Instead, consider using mouthwash. An alternative cleaning technique after eating meals includes chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes or longer. This helps stimulate saliva flow which is extremely beneficial in the neutralization and removal of acids.

No matter the oral health care treatments you desire, Dr. Barry Kinney and our team at Barry Kinney are here to give you the smile you want. If you would like to schedule an appointment to come see us at our dentist office in San Francisco, California, please contact us at 415-647-7077 to speak with a member of our team. Don’t let poor oral hygiene and dental erosion ruin your life. It’s time to fight back and get the smile you deserve!