We know that sugars in foods and drinks can be converted into acids that damage tooth enamel. But can substances with low pH can have the same damaging effect on your teeth? The answer is, yes! Acidic foods can damage your teeth.
The best method to lower your risk for tooth enamel loss and tooth decay is to avoid acidic foods entirely. Such foods include citrus fruits, soft drinks, sour candy, juices, alcoholic drinks, and many others. This method can feel a little extreme to most people. If you choose to partake of acidic foods, there are things you can do to lower your risk of tooth enamel loss.
For example, a simple change to make is never eating acidic food or drink alone as a snack. If you must enjoy an acidic treat, include it in a larger meal to help neutralize the effects of the acids. Drinking plenty of water is also a good idea! Be careful not to brush your teeth right after partaking of acidic substances, as this can damage your enamel.
A better way to neutralize acids is with your body’s natural defense: saliva. Saliva can wash away harmful bacteria and plaque buildup, as well as the acids present in foods. By chewing sugarless gum after meals, you can help promote the creation of excess saliva in your mouth and lower your risk of cavities. Sugared gum should be avoided, as the sugars present in the gum feed the bacteria that cause tooth decay.
If you are interested in a professional cleaning from Oneco Dental Care at our dentist office in Sarasota, Florida, call us at 941-462-4659. Dr. Peter Gangi and our team want to ensure your teeth stay happy for a lifetime to come.