How Acid Affects Your Teeth

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Most of us know that sugars in foods and drinks can harm our teeth. But did you know why? The sugars are converted into acids that damage tooth enamel. It’s the acid that wears away at tooth enamel. Thus, it makes sense that naturally acidic foods also damage enamel.

The best method to lower your risk for tooth enamel loss and tooth decay may be to avoid acidic foods entirely. Such foods include citrus fruits, soft drinks, sour candy, juices, and alcoholic drinks, and many others. Most people struggle to do this, so we would like to present two other options.

  • One option in the battle against tooth decay is to never eat acidic foods alone as a snack. If you want to enjoy an acidic treat, include it in a larger meal. This will help neutralize the effects of the acids. Drinking plenty of water is also an excellent idea!
  • Saliva washes away harmful bacteria and plaque buildup,and it also washes away the acids present in foods. By chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes after meals, you increase saliva production in your mouth and lower your risk of cavities. Don’t chew gum with sugar in it, as the sugars present in the gum feed the bacteria that cause tooth decay.

The healthier your diet is, the better your whole body will both look and feel. Of course, there are many opinions on what is the “best” diet choice; aim for balance and health specific to your needs and consult medical professionals. Remember to include your mouth health in your decision making!

If you would like more information, call Best Dental Care NJ, LLC in Newton, New Jersey at 973.383.5700. Dr. Marlayna Best and our whole team would love to help you!