Posts for: May, 2021
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.
As adults, we often wish our own teeth could be as white as they were when we were small children. Baby teeth have thinner and whiter enamel than adult teeth, and those brilliant smiles are a result! But occasionally, you may be surprised to discover some staining or discoloration on those lovely first teeth. You might even be tempted to apply a whitening product to your child's teeth, but, please read on!
CAUSES OF STAINING
- Improper Brushing
- Health Conditions
Simple stains can often be removed with better brushing techniques or with a professional cleaning by our office. Staining caused by an injury or health condition is something that may be able to be addressed by certain dental procedures.
So why not just buy a home whitening kit for your child? There are several important reasons to leave these products on the shelf while your child is young.
- Whitening kits are designed for adults
- Primary teeth enamel is thinner
- There's No existing research on the long and short term effects
If you have any questions or are in need of an appointment, call our dental office at 918-455-0123!