Tooth (Acid) Erosion

Hundreds of bacteria live inside the mouth, along the gums, teeth, and tongue. While some are helpful, some are not. Surprisingly, even with good oral care, certain choices or habits may put your teeth at risk for an "acid attack," better known as tooth (acid) erosion. In fact, 4 daily exposures to acid-rich foods or beverages can begin wearing on tooth enamel. Thus, it's a good idea to learn the truth about Tooth (Acid) Erosion.

Chances are, you've heard of plaque. As colorless bacteria, plaque works with sugars and starches to produce acid. At the same time, calcium and phosphate minerals (found in saliva) work with water and fluoride from toothpaste to combat the effects of the acid produced. This process, or cycle, happens throughout the day. Minerals are lost from acid. Then, they are gained by the combination of saliva, fluoride, and water.

In particular, two "choices" that result in an acid attack are "what goes in the mouth" and "how often." For instance, suppose you eat breakfast that is high in acid. Within the hour, you eat a snack. The high amount of acid from breakfast plus eating again within a short amount of time can wreak havoc on your teeth and gums. Why? Regaining minerals takes some time, especially after being exposed to acid. When teeth and gums are hit again with more sugars or starches, tooth (acid) erosion begins.

In regards to acidic foods and beverages, the rule of thumb is—the lower the pH, the higher the acidity, which means the chance for tooth erosion is greater.

Acidic Food And Beverages

An awareness of the acidity of your favorite foods and beverages will help protect your tooth enamel. Consider the following:

  • High Acidity: Mango, Lemon Juice, Sports Drinks, Wine, Tonic Water, Carbonated Soft Drinks, Cherries
  • Medium Acidity: Pickles, Oranges, Grapefruit Juice, Berries (blackberries, blueberries, strawberries), Vinegar
  • Low Acidity: Apple Juice and Apple Cider, Salad Dressing, White Wine, Tomatoes, Cranberries, Apple Sauce

We're Here to Serve You

With comprehensive and patient-centered care, your family is welcome at Seneca Family Dentistry. For patients of all ages, we believe that patient education and prevention is key to making informed decisions about your oral health. Are you concerned about your tooth enamel? Are your teeth becoming sensitive? Call today to schedule your appointment. The team at Seneca Family Dentistry is ready to serve you.

Posted on behalf of Seneca Family Dentistry

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