Although your tooth enamel is an extremely strong substance, it is often no match for the acidity found in foods and drinks. Harmful acids that exist in snacks, as well as those converted from sugars, can eat through tooth enamel and form holes, called cavities. The process of enamel wearing down over time is called dental erosion. For more information, see below:
– Sugary sweets and drinks can increase your risk of dental erosion.
– Preventing dental erosion begins with your diet, so always make the proper food choices, including limited unhealthy sweets and treats that are high in sugar.
– Your body’s natural saliva can help neutralize harmful acids in your mouth that can lead to tooth decay.
– An effective toothpaste for fighting dental erosion is often considered those products that contain fluoride and bicarbonate.
– Always brush with a toothbrush and toothpaste that is not abrasive, as abrasive products can damage your teeth if they are improperly used.
– Acidic foods such as sour sweets can and will erode your tooth enamel.
– Snacks should be eaten as part of large meals to ensure their effects on your smile will be limited.
– Foods and drinks that have a low pH level will increase your risk of dental erosion.
Come speak with J. PARHAM DENTISTRY to learn which treatment is right for you. To schedule an oral exam with Dr. James S. Parham and our team at our dentist office in Springdale, Arkansas, simply give us a call at 479-756-8631. Let’s get your best smile today!