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How do you stop enamel erosion?

I am a 35 year old male. I want to know how can I stop enamel erosion?

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Avoid foods and drinks high in acid (lemons, sodas) and wear a night guard to prevent wearing of the enamel. Don't brush too hard. A sonic brush is helpful
Enamel erosion can be caused by several factors including bruxism (teeth grinding), acid reflux, consuming acidic foods and drinks, and using abrasive tooth pastes. It is important for one facing enamel erosion to visit their dentist and identify which specific factors are causing the erosion in order to prevent and treat this condition.
Find the cause of the erosion first, because any treatment can eventually fail if you don’t control the causes first.
By avoiding acidic food, some minor erosion is hard to stop
Check your diet. Avoid acid type foods, carbonated beverages, and see your dentist.
Don't drink acidic beverages.

Sorry to hear about your enamel erosion. The best way to stop erosion of your enamel is to eliminate the source of erosion. Erosion is usually caused by an acidic environment over time. The tricky part to this is to identify what is causing the acidic environment. This can come from foods (tomato based products, etc) and drinks. Sodas have been long known to "erode your teeth" and they do it in two ways. First, sodas are packed with sugar which helps the bacteria in your mouth products lactic acid. Secondly, sodas are often acidic in themselves. So, you have an acidic drink that helps produce more acid. This can really affect your teeth over time. Another food that people do not realize affects your teeth is sports drinks. Some studies have shown that drinking sports drinks can lower the pH level in your mouth down to 2 (which is the same acidic level of your stomach). Finally, your bacteria play a significant role in producing acid in your mouth you want to make sure you are on top of brushing and flossing to keep these bacteria at a minimum.
Hope this helps.

My best to you!

William F. Scott IV, DMD
Enamel erosion is most commonly caused by grinding or clenching your teeth or a high acidity environment in your mouth. Without knowing more specific information about your case, the best way would be to figure out what is causing it in the first place, then addressing that issue. You should contact your dentist and have him or her examine your teeth in order to give you more specific advice.