Empower Yourself to Fight Acid Erosion

Posted on: December 16, 2017

Acid ErosionResolve to fight acid erosion and the effect it can have on dental enamel this year. With 2017 in the rearview mirror, is an excellent time to think about oral health and how to go about improving it in 2018. One of the best ways to do so is to make a New Year’s resolution to fight acid erosion.

Acid erosion happens naturally, and easily

Patients should be aware that it does not take a lot of contact with acidic foods or drinks to begin the process of acid erosion. It only takes four acidic interactions, with food or drink, throughout the day. The first part of prevention is awareness, so it is important for everyone to keep in mind how much contact they have with acidic foods and beverages then to keep it under four whenever possible.

Foods and drinks are a leading cause of acid erosion and its impact on dental enamel

Even some healthy foods and drinks can be highly acidic. This means that it is not a matter of simply making healthy choices. To prevent enamel erosion, it comes down to preventing foods, and drink, that have a high acid content. Some examples of these types are:

  • Wine
  • Soda, including diet
  • Berries
  • Lemon juice
  • Sports drinks
  • Cherries
  • Grapefruit juice, including the juice directly from the fruit
  • Oranges and orange juice
  • Vinegar
  • Apple juice
  • Tomatoes
  • Salad dressing
  • Cranberries
  • Store bought iced tea (due to additives)
  • Pickles

It is important to try to have fewer than four encounters with any of these items in a given day.

Make less acidic choices

There are healthier food choices that are low in acidity that can be eaten or drunk throughout the day without concern about them causing acid erosion. These include:

  • Cheese
  • Milk
  • Home brewed iced tea (city water tends to be alkaline)
  • Natural yogurt
  • Banana
  • Avocado
  • Broccoli
  • Cucumbers
  • Peanut butter
  • Water

Notice that there is no fruit, other than bananas, on the lower acidity list. However, some fruits are rated at a medium level in acidity so it is better to eat them rather than something that is high in acid. Examples of these kinds of fruits include apples, pears, figs, and raisins.

Make healthy choices

By becoming aware of which foods and beverages are high in acidity we hope that patients can, and will, make healthier choices throughout the day. Acid erosion is a serious problem because of the detrimental impact it can have on dental enamel. Just like it is important to be aware of how to make healthy choices for weight control or medical conditions, is important for patients to realize the negative impact that enamel erosion can have. It can be responsible for tooth sensitivity, sometimes even making it impossible to eat or drink something very cold or hot. It can also lead to regular discomfort when eating. Acid erosion is likely to increase the chances that someone will suffer from dental decay, and infections and dental damage. Our goal is to reduce the likelihood of these problems occurring by providing ongoing and preventative dental care. However, we also need patients to make healthy choices at home. Working together, we make good oral health possible.

Schedule an appointment

To learn more about how to make healthy choices or to schedule an annual teeth cleaning, call our office today. While you are here, we can answer any questions that you have about dietary changes and oral health in general.

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