Posts for category: ENAMEL EROSION
We can immediately guess at some of the most acidic foods. Citrus fruits and juices, tomatoes in their many culinary forms, anything pickled in vinegar, coffee, tea, wine--these foods are certainly acidic, but also a regular part of many a healthy diet. You don't need to avoid these foods altogether, but it's best to enjoy them as part of a meal or enjoy them sparingly. And balance out some of these high-acidity foods at mealtime with low-acidity choices like bananas, bread, and dairy products.
Other sources of damaging acids might surprise you. Studies have linked sodas, energy drinks, and sports drinks to higher levels of tooth erosion. The combination of citric acid, phosporic acid and or carbonation raises the acidity levels in the mouth. And because we tend to sip them all day long, it's like a continuing acid bath for our enamel. Water is always a healthy alternative for hydration, but if you do indulge in a soda or sports drink, rinse with water after drinking the beverage to dilute the acid concentration.
Acidic foods abound in the American Diet and most patients are completely unaware of their hidden dangers that they present to your teeth! Nine out of ten adults are at risk of enamel loss due to the acid found in many commonly consumed foods and beverages. Even patients that are considered to have a healthy mouth can be at risk of enamel erosion due to these dietary acids. Early warning signs include surface changes (smoothing), thinning and translucency, which can be very difficult to identify.
Take a look at a few everyday things that can eat away at your enamel, some of which can be considered to be a part of a healthy diet.
- FRUIT JUICES & SMOOTHIES
- SPORTS DRINKS
- ALCOHOLIC DRINKS
Now let's take a look at ways to help minimize the effects of an acidic diet on your enamel.
- Aim to consume acidic foods or beverages alongside less acidic foods with your meal.
- Drink acidic beverages through a straw.
- Avoid swishing or holding acidic drinks in your mouth.
- Wait a minimum of 20 minutes after a meal or beverage before brushing your teeth.
- Use a special toothpaste that helps repair acid-weakened enamel.