Information for Patients: Care for Acid Erosion Patients

Acid Erosion or Demineralization of Teeth can be caused by:
1. Repetitive or frequent dietary exposure to acidic foods and drinks,
2. Acid Reflux
3.  Bulimia or other eating disorders

After Acid Exposures:
* Immediately rinse with water
* Avoid brushing teeth for 20 minutes as teeth are temporarily softened and are more prone to abrasion (toothpaste and toothbrush bristles are mildly abrasive)
* Use a baking soda toothpaste (such as Arm & Hammer) due to its alkalinity or consider swishing with baking soda and water; it will help to neutralize acids
* Use a remineralizing toothpaste such as:  Clinpro 5000, MI Paste, Recaldent
* Use a neutralizing and remineralizing oral rinse such as Carifree or Tom’s of Maine Alcohol Free Children’s Anti-Cavity Rinse ( add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda before initial use to neutralize the acidity)

Dietary Considerations:
* Avoid/minimize eating or drinking acidic foods:
Sports drinks
Pre-made iced tea (Snapple, Nestea, Tazo etc)
Fruit juice
Sour candies
Vinegar, etc.

* If drinking an acidic beverage:
Dilute with water or carbonated water- at least 1:1, ideally 2:1 or more
Drink through a straw to minimize contact with teeth

You may need to seek medical help for treatment of the underlying condition
See your dental professional regularly for preventive care including fluoride treatments

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