Yvonne S. Hanley D.D.S | Mark K. Murphy D.D.S

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1409 College Way | Fergus Falls, MN 56537

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Open Monday - Thursday. Phone: 218-739-3245

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Enamel and Erosion

Your teeth's enamel may be tough, but your teeth still need your help to protect them from erosion.
Acid erosion occurs when acids wear away at the tooth's enamel. When erosion occurs, it exposes the tooth's inner layers, which increases sensitivity and makes the tooth more susceptible to cavities.
How can enamel erosion be prevented?
  • Eliminate or reduce highly acidic foods and drinks from your diet.
  • Avoid brushing immediately after consuming acidic foods or drinks. The acid softens the enamel, which can be damaged by the abrasive action of brushing. Wait to brush for at least 30 minutes to allow your mouth to produce enough saliva to neutralize the acidity and allow the enamel to harden.
  • Rinse your mouth with water after consuming acidic foods or drinks.
  • Avoid sugary snacks and chew sugar-free gum.
  • Drink water throughout the day
  • Use a fluoride toothpaste.


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