Acid and Your Teeth
For years dentists have warned that sweet, sugary foods and drinks can weaken your teeth. The “sweet stuff” is harmful because acid is produced every time bacteria comes into contact with sugar or starch in the mouth. The acid attacks your teeth. Now research shows that it is not just sugar that’s destructive – citrus and carbonated drinks also coat the teeth with damaging acid. Increasingly, patients are visiting us with sensitive teeth that are losing protective enamel. The biggest culprits are energy drinks, sodas–both regular and diet, citrus juices and teas.
According to the American Dental Association, Americans drank more than 53 gallons of soft drinks -per person – in 2000. So you know that with more advertising this is a larger number now. Some of those soft drinks contain more than 11 teaspoons of sugar per serving. But dental erosion isn’t just about sugar. Soft drinks (even diet brands) can contain carbonic acid, citric acid and phosphoric acid. Over time these acids can damage the enamel coating of your teeth leading to decay.
Sports drinks and energy drinks might seem like a healthy alternative to soda, but they are not healthier for teeth. A study from the New York University College of Dentistry shows that they too, contain high levels of acid that may be linked to a condition called “erosive tooth wear”. The acid decreased the pH in the mouth creating a “dissolving” environment.
It is important to consume adequate amounts of fruits and vegetables. These food groups provide vital nutrients that allow your body to function at its best. However, multiple studies have shown that orange juice, lemon juice and grapefruit juice can be acidic and harmful to your teeth. Researchers agree that these fruits are important parts of our overall diets, but suggest limiting citrus juice intake to once or twice a day, rather than sipping on acidic liquid all day long. Experts also suggest using a straw to avoid contact with your teeth and gently rinsing your mouth with water after drinking acidic juices.
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