The more you eat, the less you have. At times, you still need to eat acid, like calcium rich oranges. In those cases, eat with plenty of water. However, there are some that you can limit or cut out entirely to protect the integrity of your enamel.
What To Acidic Foods Avoid
Many people start off their day with a nice glass of orange juice, or a cup of coffee. Both of these wreck your enamel, though. Along with wine, tomato products, pickles, and other acidic foods, OJ and coffee demineralize your enamel, causing it to discolor and wear away. This exposes the dentin underneath, which is coated in nerve endings and causes increased sensitivity and pain.
This sensitivity can then be triggered by cold or heat, and once that enamel is gone and those nerves are exposed, you can't grow that enamel back. You can only supplement it a bit with dental visits and the right toothpaste, which will never be the same. While you are told to brush after every meal, you shouldn't if you've just eaten an acid rich meal.
Brushing will erode your teeth faster since your enamel is softened from the acid. Avoid eating acidic foods without a higher pH level food to accompany it to neutralize the harmful effects.
You can prevent the damage that can accompany acidic delights with regular checkups with your dentist. We can help you to identify the erosion and work on a plan to keep it from getting worse early.
Keep an eye on your eating habits and be sure to drink a lot of water throughout each and every day. Use a fluoride toothpaste often, rinse with a fluoride mouthwash after, and floss one or more times per day.
Please contact our office if you have any questions about acidic foods effects on your oral health.