Foods with high acidity can be delicious. However, it can also eat away at your tooth enamel, causing tooth decay and cavities. This process is known as dental erosion. If your tooth enamel is damaged and the acids are left unchecked, it could eventually lead to the loss of teeth.
The foods and drinks you consume can contain acids that damage your teeth. Some of the most common culprits include acidic drinks such as alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, and fruit juices. Citrus foods are also highly acidic and can damage your teeth.
Avoid foods and drinks that contain a lot of sugar. Bacteria in your mouth can convert these sugars into harmful acids. In addition, sour sweets can stick to teeth, leading to prolonged acid contact with tooth enamel.
So how does one continue to enjoy these foods in moderation? On tip is to never eat or drink them alone, but always with a meal. This helps to neutralize the acid content of the food or drink. Also, don’t brush your teeth immediately after eating acidic meals, as some teeth become hypersensitive due to acidic exposure and may be damaged by toothpaste. Instead, try chewing sugarless gum to help promote saliva production within your mouth. This will help clear the acids and prepare your teeth for brushing.
Tooth erosion can also be caused by acids from your stomach that enter your mouth via ailments such as vomiting caused by eating disorders or other problems, or acid reflux disease. If you suffer from these ailments, consult a doctor, and visit your dentist to see how best to take care of your smile.
If you would like Dr. Scott A. Young and our team at Scott A. Young, DDS to bring you in for an oral exam or professional cleaning, please contact our dentist office in Charlotte, North Carolina, by calling us at 704-541-5900. Have a great day!