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Acids Constantly Cause Harm to Your Teeth
Posted on 10/10/2018 by Boeckel
Sugar itself is not made of acid. However, it encourages the growth of bacteria, which produces acid and makes the mouth more acidic and prone to decay. One of our goals is to prevent damage to the enamel, the beginnings of decay and so many other oral problems, caused by acid. Having an acidic environment causes sugars to thrive. Other foods and drinks such as citrus, fruit juices, wine, and sodas, also contribute to an acidic mouth. How to Stop Acid from Hurting Your Oral HealthIt's impossible and unreasonable to ask our patients not to eat or drink the foods they enjoy most. Moderation is vital as in everything else in life when choosing the amount and frequency in which you have these foods. But there are ways in which you can protect your teeth when you consume these foods. Eating acidic foods with a more substantial meal can help avoid the damage to the enamel. Doing this reduces the contact between the acid and your enamel. After drinking soda or having orange juice, we strongly recommend you rinse your mouth as soon as possible to wash the acids away. You should also avoid brushing your teeth for about 30-minutes after consuming an acid because acids weaken the enamel and over brushing can cause even more damage. Using a straw to drink sugary or acidic drinks can also help minimize their contact with the enamel. Of course, reducing your intake of these acidic foods will go a long way in stopping harm to your teeth. Brushing after meals and before bedtime, flossing, and visiting us regularly will all help improve your oral health. We don't want you to stop having treats and enjoying the foods and drinks you like, but we want you to be aware of how acidic foods damage your teeth. Please let us know if you have other questions about how acids are constantly causing harm to your teeth.... Read more...