024 7668 6690

Protect your teeth: Foods that cause acid enamel erosion

Posted 15 November 2017 in News

Big Smile

Enamel plays a vital part in protecting our teeth. This tough substance – the hardest substance on the body – forms the outside of each tooth.

If enamel is damaged is can eventually lead to tooth decay. As there is no way to repair tooth enamel it is important that we take care of our teeth.

What is acid erosion?

Acid erosion occurs on teeth when certain foods with a high acid content – or sugary foods – come into contact with the teeth temporarily softening the surface.

Saliva acts as a natural remedy to this, restoring the natural ph balance. However, repeated acid attacks on the teeth compromise the body’s natural ability to neutralise acid in the mouth and the acid in food and drinks can start to damage enamel.

If acid enamel erosion becomes a problem the protective surface of the tooth begins to wear away exposing the dentine below. This can cause the teeth to appear yellow in colour and can lead to pain and sensitivity when eating.

Foods that can cause acid enamel erosion

  • Fizzy drinks
  • Fruit juice
  • Citrus fruits
  • Wine
  • Tomatoes
  • Coffee
  • Pickles
  • Sweets
  • Berries – cranberries and blueberries

All foods with a high acidity level can be problematic for teeth. While many of them are best avoided (sweets and fizzy drinks certainly), others have health merits of their own. To minimise the effect of acid on teeth it is best that acidic foods are eaten as part of a meal, rather than as a snack to minimise acid attacks on the enamel.

It is also advisable to drink water after consuming an acidic food or drink to help to wash away the acid.

Brushing teeth after eating will also help but it is important to leave a gap of up to an hour after eating acidic food as brushing when the surface is already weakened could cause further damage.

If you have any concerns about decay contact Bhandal Dental Practice today.

Call us now to make an appointment on 024 7668 6690

Keeping reading...

News Teeth

27 January 2019

Your teeth: 7 healthy habits for 2019

Look after your teeth and they will look after you – that really is true as dental health is extremely...

Read more
News Banner Teeth

20 January 2019

What can I do about sensitive teeth?

Sensitive teeth can make eating and drinking miserable – that sudden, searing pain out of the blue can really take...

Read more
News Babies Dental Care

14 December 2018

Is it possible not to lose all your baby teeth?

Losing baby teeth and having them replaced by adult teeth is part of the progression to adulthood we expect –...

Read more
4 stars

Wisdom tooth removal.

I had my lower wisdom tooth removed. To say that I was a nervous patient was an understatement. The dentist was very understanding and explained the process in stages where I could ask questions. Even though I was really panicking inside the staff had a true sense of calm and the tooth removal was quick and uneventful. I originally wanted sedation but felt confident to go without. The aftercare information was very useful. I experienced a first class service here!

Visited in February 2018. Posted on 18 April 2018