Minimize soda and other sugary beverages like sports drinks and sweetened teas. If you do indulge, do not swish these drinks around in your mouth. Using a straw can deliver the drink right down your throat, decreasing your teeth’s exposure to acid and sugar.
Chew sugarless gum. This can pick up stuck food particles and encourage the production of saliva, which washes residue out of your mouth.
Reserve lemon and other highly acidic foods as part of a bigger meal rather than eating them on their own so that the effects on your teeth are not concentrated.
If you do consume acidic or sugary foods or drinks, rinse with water afterward and then wait a half hour to brush your teeth. Waiting a bit allows softened enamel to harden back up, preventing the act of brushing from causing further damage.
Make less sugary snack choices, especially at work where you probably won’t be brushing your teeth right after a meal. Carrots, celery, or cheese are good, nutritious options.
You should brush twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush, floss regularly, and visit your dental care professional twice a year. Consult him or her if you have any questions regarding diet and the best ways to protect your teeth from erosion and other damage. Enamel doesn’t grow back – protect your oral health and your mouth will take good care of you for years to come!