Acids found in food and beverages are extremely damaging to the teeth. Acids wear down the enamel, and once this protective layer of the teeth is gone, it is gone for good.
Fortunately, there are ways that you can keep your teeth safe and to protect them from acids.
Give Up Soda
When it comes to damaging your teeth, there are few things worse than soda. Soda is highly acidic and also high in sugar, not to mention it has absolutely no nutritional value. Even diet drinks can cause enamel erosion, stripping the enamel off of the teeth like paint thinner removes paint. Malic, citric, and phosphoric acids are the culprits, with clear, citrus-flavored drinks offering the highest acid content.
Use a Straw
Straws are a major environmental concern right now, but when it comes to keeping the teeth healthy, they are your ally. Using a straw will divert the acids away from your teeth where they will do less harm. Paper straws will offer all the benefits without the environmental concerns.
Rinse Out Your Mouth
If you do choose to indulge in acidic foods or drinks, don’t be tempted to brush your teeth right away. This can actually cause the acids to rub into the enamel and do more damage. Instead, rinse your mouth out with water to clean off the teeth and wash away the acid before they can do harm. After about 30 minutes, you can brush.
Use Baking Soda
Another helpful strategy to neutralize acid in the mouth is to rinse with baking soda. Gargling with a teaspoon of baking soda in water can help to reduce the overall acidity of your mouth.
Do you have questions about how to protect your enamel, or are you concerned about damage to your teeth? If so, give us a call to set up your next appointment and let us help.