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Do Acidic Foods Really Harm Your Teeth? Get the Answers You Need

January 23, 2019

Do Acidic Foods Really Harm Your Teeth? Get the Answers You Need

It is no secret that sugar is not great for a person’s teeth. While the idea that they rot teeth is not accurate, they do feed bacteria, which can turn to plaque, which leads to tarter – and can lead to serious issues like cavities and gum disease.

Likewise, it is a commonly repeated “fact” that acidic food can hurt the teeth. The idea behind it is that eating or drinking lots of acidic food and drunks can hurt the sensitive dentin that’s under the teeth. When this happens at the gum line, your entire mouth could potentially be at risk of disease. Is this a true concern? Read on to find out and then contact California Dental Group at (800) 407-0161 if you need help from a dentist.

Too much acidic isn’t good: Learn how to tell if you’re consuming too much acid

The truth is that if you eat or drink acidic foods and beverages several times every day then you could indeed end up with a problem. This includes things like carboned drinks, juices, wines, citrus fruits, and sugar. How do you know that you are consuming too many acidic foods and drunks? Here are some common signs:

  • Your teeth are discolored. One of the first signs of erosion is yellowing teeth. This happens when the enamel begins to wear thing and the dentin is exposed.
  • Your teeth are sensitive. When the enamel has started to wear away, it can be painful to eat or drink hot or cold items. As more enamel is worn away, the teeth will become more and more sensitive. You could also feel that your gums are inflamed and sore.
  • Pain, cracks, and decay. As the problem gets worse, you may start to experience symptoms such as pain, decay, and cracks.

Your gums can be affected by acidic food and drinks

As acid continues to wear away at the teeth, it is common for decay to occur. This can result in serious issues with the gums, such as gingivitis and advanced gum disease. Symptoms of gum disease including receding gums, constant bad breath, swollen / red gums, painful swallowing, tender gums that bleed easily, and loose teeth.

How to counteract the potential issues with acidic food and drink

Does this mean you can never eat or drink anything that is acidic? No, it does not. There are a few things you can do. First, we recommend that you brush at least twice per day. Contrary to what you may think, it is also best not to brush right after eating or drinking acidic foods. If you do, you could actually make the issue worse. Give your mouth about 30 minutes before brushing.

You should also visit your dentist regularly. When you come to California Dental Group twice a year for your dental checkups, we can ensure your teeth are in great shape – and take immediate action if they are not. Call us at (800) 407-0161 to get the process started.