Drinking apple/orange juice or fruit smoothies regularly. Although these offer great nutritional value, they can also contain loads of acids – the enemy of your gnashers.
Minimise contact with your teeth by sipping your juicy drinks through a straw (you can now buy reusable metal ones). You could also swish your mouth out with water afterwards to dilute the acid and chew sugar-free gum to encourage saliva. Also, avoid brushing your teeth for an hour after drinking.
And try brushing with Sensodyne Pronamel Daily Protection Toothpaste – it not only gives you fluoride protection, but is also clinically proven to help strengthen enamel! Plus, it’s gentle on sensitive teeth (a common side effect of enamel erosion). Or, if you want all the benefits above, plus everyday stain removal to help restore your teeth’s natural whiteness, look no further than Sensodyne Pronamel Gentle Whitening Toothpaste.
Brush your teeth twice a day – and one of those times must be before you hit the sack. As well as using the right toothpaste (see above), you might want to switch to an electric toothbrush – an 11-year study found that those who use them have healthier gums, less tooth decay, and also keep their teeth for longer, compared with those who use a manual toothbrush. And if you happen to wake up in the night, have a sip of water, if you can, to moisten your mouth. Sweet dreams!
Stress! Sure, your gnashers might not have emotions to feel things like, y’know, pandemic panic, but when our heads are fretting, lots of us clench or grind our teeth (especially at night). And, over time, this can result in worn enamel, cracked teeth and jaw issues.
Invest in a night guard (ask your dentist for a recommendation). This will keep your upper and lower teeth apart, so you don’t wear them down in your sleep.
Certain meds can cause ‘dry mouth’ – which means a struggle to produce enough saliva. And as you’ve just been reading, saliva plays a crucial role in removing nasties from your mouth.
Simple things such as staying hydrated or chewing sugar-free gum can help, while a pharmacist may be able to recommend a mouth spray or tablets. If you’re having persistent issues with dry mouth, check in with your GP.
Effervescent vitamin supplements. Yes, they have lots of good things in them, but their pH level is usually quite acidic (below 5.5) – which equals trouble for your enamel.
Try to find a fizzy vit with a higher pH – or swap for a capsule/tablet supplement. If you do stick with the fizzy format, rinse your mouth out thoroughly after drinking it.