What Happens as Acidic Erosion Takes Over Your Teeth?
Posted on 4/10/2019 by Doctor Schwei
Nobody likes having stained, damaged, or otherwise unattractive teeth, but for some of us, it seems almost inevitable that these complications can arise. Taking good care of your teeth can help prevent a wide variety of problems that could plague your smile, but did you know that acid can start to take its toll on your pearly whites?
Acids can come from surprising sources and taking measures to protect your teeth from them can help preserve your smile in the long run.
Acid Erosion and Your Smile
We all know that bubbly soft drinks and sugar can harm our dental enamel, but did you realize that the acids in your food and drinks can also damage them?
Signs of acid erosion on your teeth include:
Stained, yellowed, or discolored teeth
Sensitivity to heat or cold
Teeth that appear transparent
Cracks in your teeth
It's unrealistic to ask you to stop eating all of your favorite foods, but it's important to be aware of the types of foods that can cause acid erosion. These include foods and drinks such as sour candies (such as sour gummies, which can also stick to your teeth and cause tooth decay), sugary foods and drinks (as sugar does encourage acidity in your mouth), all varieties of wines (including both reds and whites), and fruit juices (particularly citrus juices like orange juice or lemonade). Stomach acid can also damage your teeth, whether through acid reflux or vomiting.
You can prevent this damage from happening by taking care to drink plenty of water when you eat and finish your wine and juice with a glass of water to help rinse out your mouth. Sugar free gum can also stimulate saliva and prevent acid erosion. Reach for drinks without sugar in them or choose varieties that are reduced sugar. Water is, of course, always best. While it may seem like a good idea to brush your teeth immediately after, wait at least a half hour after exposure to acidic foods, as brushing can grind the acid deeper into your teeth.
If you suspect that you have acid erosion on your teeth, it's important to give us a call right away to schedule a dental appointment at our office. The sooner we're able to catch and stop acid erosion, the stronger and healthier your teeth will be in the future.
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