More and more research demonstrates that acidic substances can really take a toll on your smile over time. For many people, acid erosion is a hidden oral health danger, which is why our Cheney dentists are here with some information about how acid erosion occurs, and what you can do about it. We hope that this short article empowers you to protect your smile!
Here’s the basic problem: acidic foods and drinks temporarily soften dental enamel and make it weaker. While the enamel is softer, it is more susceptible than normal to damage as well as thinning.
A number of the foods and drinks that we love are pretty acidic. Soft drinks, coffee, red wine, and fruit juices temporarily weaken enamel. Dairy products, citrus fruits, and many sweet treats are likewise acidic.
Obviously, few people are interested in eliminating acidic substances from their diets completely. And, in fact, many acidic foods are actually good for whole-body health. So, there are a number of management strategies that you can employ to better protect your smile.
When you do eat or drink something acidic, try to do it in a fairly short, constrained period of time. This is better for you smile than snacking or sipping on something acidic continually throughout the day.
Make an effort to stay hydrated, so that your body can produce plenty of enamel re-mineralizing saliva. You can also get into the habit of rinsing your smile with water after acid exposure.
Make sure to wait at least 20 to 30 minutes to brush your smile after you stop eating or drinking. In this period of time your enamel is softer than normal, and brushing may actually lead to enamel erosion.
If you’re worried about dental erosion, your dentist may recommend a specially formulated toothpaste or mouth rinse to strengthen your enamel.
As always, our Cheney dentists are happy to answer any questions that you may have about day to day dental care as well as acid erosion. Give us a call to get started!