Scientific background

Erosion prevention and treatment

Risk assessment Primary prevention Secondary prevention (in addition to primary prevention)
Record dietary intake for several consecutive days Reduce consumption of acidic drinks  
  Neutralise acidic foods or drinks using foods or drinks with high calcium (e.g. milk or cheese)  
  Restrict acidic drinks to drinking with meals, not between  
  Drink acidic drinks in one go, or with a straw, instead of in small sips over a prolonged period  
  Eat fruits once a day in large amounts rather than small amounts during the entire day  
  Use tooth-friendly chewing gums to trigger salivary flow  
Identification of intrinsic risk factors Medical counselling  
Record tooth brushing habits Wait before tooth brushing after acidic attack (eating, drinking, vomiting) Use of an erosion protection dental rinse, topical application of concentrated fluoride products
  Rinse mouth with water or an erosion protection dental rinse for quicker neutralisation of the tooth environment  
  Use soft toothbrushes and refrain from applying too much pressure  
  Use of an effective erosion protection toothpaste  
  Apply a highly fluoridated product regularly for caries prevention  
Consider other influencing factors, such as sports Use protective devices