Acids attack tooth enamel every time you eat. Carbohydrates that enter your mouth fuel bacteria that produce even more acid. With this steady chemical erosion persisting over time, your tooth enamel can wear out to the point that your teeth get sensitive and/or develop cavities.
How do you counter the effects? Try the following five tips.
It’s impossible to avoid virtually every form of acid in your diet. A lot of acidic foods are healthy for you. These include:
If you accompany these foods with a glass of water, you can rinse away acid so it doesn’t sit on your teeth too long.
Don’t brush right after you eat. You could wind up just spreading all that acid around. Wait about 20-30 minutes after your meal and then brush with a fluoride toothpaste.
Food items that range on the opposite end of the pH spectrum could help strengthen enamel. Eat plenty of:
Chewing gum stimulates the saliva flow that’s crucial to cleansing teeth and re-mineralizing enamel. Choose a brand that contains xylitol, a sugar substitute that helps prevent decay.
Your dentist has the tools necessary for examining your enamel and checking it for weakness. If your teeth could use an extra line of defense, then a fluoride treatment, porcelain veneers, or dental sealants may be in order.
Contact your dentist today to learn more about how to protect your enamel from acids in your diet.
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