It's hard to stop and wonder what acid effects can do to your teeth's enamel when you're sitting on your porch with a relaxing glass of lemonade. But consuming highly acidic foods and drinks every day can harm the teeth without the right aftercare. Foods like citrus fruit, which you might eat and/or drink on a regular basis, can eventually cause tooth enamel to wear away. This is what leads to things like dental erosion and tooth sensitivity.
When They Say 'Demineralization'
Demineralization is the gradual loss of minerals from the
When the enamel starts to wear down, your teeth are more prone to the decay that leads to cavities. Your teeth may become more sensitive as a result, reacting harshly to hot or cold foods, drinks
Signs of Tooth Erosion
Tooth erosion doesn't present itself to you that obviously, or even the same way each time. Some common symptoms include:
- Sensitivity — Hot and cold foods, strongly-flavored sweets and even cold air can produce sensitivity when in contact with your teeth.
- Discoloration — Your teeth might appear slightly yellower on the surface as your enamel becomes thinner, exposing the dull-colored dentin beneath it.
- Rounded teeth — Teeth may also appear to have softer or sanded edges, or as if there are small dents along the chewing surface.
- Transparency — The edges of your incisors (front teeth) may lessen in opacity, looking as if you can see through them.
- Cracks — Tiny faults or a sharpness along the edges of the teeth are also common.
Preventing Acid Erosion
As irritating as it is,
Sensitivity may already make you avoid its temperature, but avoid chewing ice, as it can weaken the tooth enamel. Consider using a fluoride mouthwash that has enamel-protecting properties as well. And for reasons beyond enamel health, make a point of eating a varied diet – especially one with foods that are high in calcium and minerals.
Cut back on acidic foods such as sodas, fruit juices, tomatoes, oranges, limes, grapefruits, lemons