Acidic foods can be delicious. However, the acid that tastes so good 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. 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. Citrus foods are also highly acidic and can damage your teeth.
It is possible to continue enjoying these foods in moderation. One 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 and may be damaged by brushing. Instead, try chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes to help promote saliva production within your mouth. This will help wash away the acids and prepare your teeth for brushing. Choose a gum with the ADA Seal of Acceptance to make sure you are getting a product that can help take care of your mouth.
Tooth erosion can also be caused by acids from your stomach that enter your mouth via ailments such as vomiting 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. Gerald Spoto and our team at Pro Spoto Dental to bring you in for an oral exam or professional cleaning, please contact our dentist office in Tampa, Florida, by calling us at (813) 884-3287.