How Does Acid Affect Your Teeth?

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You might want to think twice before taking another sip of soda. Although our teeth are incredibly strong, popular acidic drinks can damage our teeth over time. Below, we’ll explain a little bit more about just how acid affects your teeth and what you can do to keep your smile strong and healthy.

Why are acidic drinks bad?

Acidic drinks eat away at your tooth enamel, the outer layer of your teeth. This erosion puts your smile at risk of cavities — because the enamel doesn’t grow back! Unfortunately, unlike other parts of our bodies, teeth have no way of healing themselves.  As the enamel erodes, you may experience tooth sensitivity, be prone to cavities and even experience some discoloration.

What can you do to protect your teeth?

Instead of drinking soda and fruit juices, opt for beverages low in acidity. These drinks include water, black tea, black coffee and milk. These drinks are a tooth-friendly way to stay hydrated throughout the day (especially water).

If you do indulge in an acidic beverage, you should keep in mind that you should have it with food. After you’re done, wait at least 30 minutes before brushing your teeth. Since acidic drinks weaken your enamel, brushing your teeth too soon after consuming them can damage your newly sensitive teeth.

Are you experiencing tooth sensitivity? Do you have any questions about how to care for your oral health? Is it time to schedule your bi-annual dental cleaning and exam? Contact our office to schedule an appointment today!