The food you consume every day may contain a negligible amount of acid. When you take excess amounts of acidic foods, they harm your teeth. It would be best to take extra precautions by eating less acidic food and maintaining proper oral hygiene for healthy teeth and gums.
Most foods that we consider nutritious, such as fruits, may have adverse effects on our oral health. For instance, lemon, oranges, and some grains have high acid concentration, the same as drinks such as coffee and alcohol. These acids from the food you eat may react with the tooth enamel making it soft. A soft enamel easily wears out and decolorizes to form a brown or yellow color eventually. The process of the tooth enamel wearing out, also known as demineralization, leaves behind a naked dentine that is weak and sensitive to cold and hot substances. Unless you treat this condition, it may culminate in tooth loss or a serious dental disorder.
It is vital to drink a lot of water once you eat acidic food. It helps to wash away the acid from your teeth and other parts of the mouth. The water is also effective in neutralizing the effects of the acid on the tooth enamel. You can also include foods with higher pH levels in your diet to counter the effects of acidic food. Besides, you can delay brushing for a while to allow saliva to neutralize the acid in your teeth and mouth completely. A quick brushing after eating acidic food can cause erosion of the enamel. Gently brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste for best results. We also recommend that you visit our offices for further information on how to save your teeth from acidic foods and beverages.