Did you know that enamel—the outer layer of your teeth—is harder than any other substance in your body. While fluoride can help keep your enamel strong and fight off decay, the foods we eat have the opposite effect. In fact, acids from food will weaken your enamel for about thirty minutes after you eat.
Naturally, some foods are more acidic than others, including fruits and vegetables. This makes it difficult to completely avoid these foods. To make matters worse, sugars create an environment where acids and bacteria can thrive and damage your teeth. Fortunately there are some foods and drinks you can cut from your diet.
As you probably know, soda is high in sugar, and high fructose corn syrup is just a more concentrated form of sugar. This makes high fructose corn syrup worse for your mouth than other sugars. Sadly, sugar-free sodas aren’t any better. The artificial sweeteners in sugar-free soda are actually acids.
Another problem with damaged teeth is that once your enamel is damaged, you’ll be more prone to tooth decay. This also means that when your enamel is damaged, you’re more likely to have cavities. Finally, after your enamel is damaged, you may find your teeth more sensitive to temperature and ultimately lead to gum disease.
If you are interested in learning more, please feel free to contact Smiles Dental at 541.673.3552 soon. Dr. Dr. J. Lee Sharp and Dr. Quinn Martin and our team are eager to hear from you.