Stop Acid Erosion
The enamel, which is the strongest substance in the body, is a hard, somewhat clear exterior layer that shields your teeth from everyday wear. It also keeps you from feeling temperature extremes and safeguards against chemical and acid damage.
Unfortunately, once the enamel is worn down it doesn’t grow back; therefore it is important to stop acid erosion in its tracks.
What are the Main Contributors of Acid Erosion?
Plaque and other bacteria in your mouth feed on sugar, which they use to make acids that eat away at the enamel. And it can get worse if you don’t immediately clean your teeth after eating sugary foods.
Acidic Foods and Drinks
Citrus fruits, fruit juice, carbonated drinks, sour candies, and wine have high acid levels which easily erode your enamel. Therefore, be sure to drink plenty of water while consuming acidic foods and drinks in order to dilute its acidic effect.
Vomiting, and sometimes acid reflux, also referred to as GERD, causes stomach acids to flow up into the mouth which allows the acid to reach your teeth.
Some Signs of Acid Erosion
- Discolored teeth
- Sensitive teeth
- Rough or uneven edges on the teeth
- Transparent teeth
- Rounded teeth
Preventing Acid Erosion
Good dental care is the best defense against acid erosion. However, some other things you can do to help preserve your enamel include:
- Limiting the amount of acidic foods and drinks you consume
- Rinsing your mouth with water immediately after consuming acidic foods and drinks
- Using a straw for acidic drinks so it doesn’t come in contact with the teeth
- Enjoying a piece of cheese or drink milk immediately after meals to neutralize acids
- Chewing sugar-free gum and candy
- Using fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash
- Seeking treatment for acid-related illnesses
If your teeth have become discolored, worn down, or chipped, we can protect your damaged tooth with tooth bonding, which provides a protective covering for your teeth. In more serious cases, we can cover the tooth with a crown to protect it against further damage.
At Fairfield Dental Arts, we specialize in a wide range of dental services, including dental implants and more, to help preserve the beauty of your teeth for your healthiest smile yet. Simply contact us or visit our office!