When we look at your teeth during your annual checkups, one of the problems that we’re trying to identify is any sign of tooth erosion.
Your teeth are covered in enamel, the strongest substance in the human body. But despite its strength, that enamel is prone to damage and decay. That’s one of the reasons that we brush and floss our teeth – to remove bacteria, disease, and acids that weaken and wear down the enamel.
Several issues can lead to tooth erosion. Some of these are not always in your control. But one potential cause of tooth erosion is diet – and some of the issues that diet can lead to. Because it’s in your control, it is a good idea to understand how and why diet can erode your teeth so that you can make an effort to prevent it.
How Diet Causes Tooth Erosion
The leading dietary issue that causes tooth erosion is the ingestion of acid and acid causing foods. Acid is what eats away at your tooth enamel, and depending on the foods you eat, you may be consuming things that lead to an uptick in acid.
The following are some examples of foods that cause excess acid:
- Soda – Soda is highly acidic and contains sugar that erode teeth.
- Sour Candy – Many sour candies are very acidic and also spend a long time in your mouth.
- Alcohol – Alcohol is also naturally acidic, and frequent drinking can be especially problematic.
It may not be a specific food that causes issues either. Sometimes, the issue is acid reflux. If you struggle with acid reflux, the foods that trigger the reflux can cause serious issues with your enamel. For some people, it’s spicy food. For others it’s oily food or food that is high in carbohydrates. Knowing what triggers your acid reflux is important, because if you can acid triggering foods you can avoid acid in the mouth.
Erosion is Preventable
Avoiding these foods is important for avoiding dental erosion. But if you absolutely cannot avoid these foods, you can also make sure that you alter your behaviors so that you won’t have as much acid in your mouth. You can use a straw for soda, chew gum to increase saliva, and make sure that you’re brushing your teeth with a soft brush bristle soon after eating.
You should also make sure that you come see us for your dental appointments so that you can be confident that your dental erosion is being stopped and treated before it becomes a more serious issue. For more information about erosion, contact us today.