Acid Erosion

Acidic Food and Beverages: How they damage your teeth.

Acid erosion is a big problem for a lot of people and can happen over time without them ever knowing! The acid in many food and drinks can eat away at the tougher outer surface of the tooth known as enamel. The loss of the enamel can lead to exposure of the softer part of the tooth called dentin. Exposed dentin can cause increased sensitivity to temperature as well as being more susceptible to getting a cavity! A lot of people ask, “How can I get my enamel back?” Unfortunately, the answer is: you can’t. The loss of enamel is irreversible so the best road is prevention!

Enamel-and-Dentin

So how do I prevent acid erosion?

The best way to prevent acid erosion is to avoid or limit the amount of high acidity food and drinks that you consume throughout the day. Acidic beverages include fruit juices, white wine, energy drinks, sports drinks, and sodas…even diet soda is acidic! When you are going to drink an acidic drink, it is best to drink it through a straw to limit the amount of contact it has with the teeth.

Avoid sour candies such as Sour Patch Kids, Lemon Drops, and Warheads. Do not suck on fruits such as lemons, limes, or oranges. It is also important for those with a history of acid reflux to keep their reflux well controlled.

This isn’t to say you can never drink orange juice again. Generally everything in moderation is okay. Just remember: the less amount of time an acidic substance is in contact with your teeth, the better!

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