Teeth are designed to be strong, so that they can stand up to the wear and tear of daily life. However, oral acid can put your smile at risk. So today our Toluca Lake dentists are going to be explaining how oral acid affects your teeth, and what we can do about it.
The protective outer layer of your tooth is called the dental enamel. This is the hard, white, and shiny surface that you see when you smile! Dental enamel is less porous than the other—more inner—layers of your tooth.
Dental enamel is not, however, indestructible. Certain things, including acidic substances, can cause enamel to thin over time.
Acidic foods and drinks are the key substances that lead to acid erosion. Commonly consumed acidic substances include:
· Fruit juices
· Citrus fruits
· Many berries
When acidic substances come into contact with dental enamel, the enamel begins to demineralize. In order to minimize the amount of demineralization that occurs, it is key that you do not allow these foods and drinks to sit on your smile for a long period of time.
· Swish water around your mouth after eating or drinking, so as to rinse away acidic residue
· Drink plenty of water, so that your body can make enough saliva. Saliva naturally remineralizes enamel, while neutralizing acidic substances. Patients who suffer from chronic dry mouth are especially at risk for enamel thinning
· Do not brush your teeth right after eating or drinking, as your enamel may be softer, and thus more susceptible to erosion
Working with our helpful dental team, you can make a plan to avoid long-term acid erosion. So give our Toluca Lake dentists a call to learn more about how you can protect and preserve your healthy and strong smile!