Your Teeth Could Be Being Eaten Away by Acid Erosion without You Know It
When most people think of dental decay, they think of sugar, but acid in foods and drinks that you consume every day can also be detrimental. This acid can erode away at your teeth over time, increasing your risk of decay, discoloration, and sensitivity. The good news is that California Dental Group can provide you with some advice on how to enjoy your favorite meals and beverages while limiting the risk of harm.
What happens to teeth as they erode?
Enamel, which is essentially a hard covering that protects your teeth, coats your teeth. The acid tears away the enamel, exposing the dentin (the substance beneath your enamel). As a result, germs, plaque, and decay are far more likely to attack your teeth.
What is the source of this deterioration?
Calcium is necessary for healthy teeth, but it can be leached from your enamel if your teeth are constantly exposed to acid. As a result, the surface begins to deteriorate. Acid can come from a variety of places, including:
- Any carbonated beverage including diet beverages
- White, rose, red, and any other variety of drinking wine
- All fruit juices can cause tooth erosion, although apple, lemon, orange, and cranberry juices are the most acidic
- If you eat citrus fruits like lemons, oranges, or limes on a frequent basis, your teeth may become worn down
- Sugar does not produce acid in and of itself, but it does stimulate the growth of acid-producing bacteria in your mouth
Do I have any signs of tooth decay?
Tooth erosion manifests itself in a variety of ways. The best scenario is that you find out about it early on. Look for these signs and call California Dental Group at (800) 407-0161 immediately away if you notice them.
- Sensitive teeth
- Rounded teeth
- Transparent teeth
How do you keep your teeth from eroding?
There are a few things you can take to mitigate acid erosion’s impacts. First, instead of snacking on acidic foods, consume them with meals. The acid in them can be mitigated by eating them with other meals. Drink plenty of water while eating or drinking anything acidic, since the water will help to wash the acid out of your mouth.
If you’re drinking something acidic, use a straw to reduce the length of time your teeth are in touch with the liquid. Choose non-carbonated beverages instead of bubbles. Finally, you might be shocked to discover that brushing your teeth soon after eating acidic meals is not recommended since you want to allow your enamel time to firm once it has been weakened. Try to wait 30 minutes and rinse your mouth with water.
Do you have any acid erosion concerns? Are you interested in having your teeth examined? For a dental cleaning and exam, contact California Dental Group. To schedule an appointment, call (800) 407-0161.