Maintaining good oral health
by: Dental Assistant Team
Tooth erosion is a gradual loss of tooth structure due to a chemical dissolution by acids not from bacteria origin. Erosion usually happens first in the enamel and, if untreated, may reach to the dentin.
When acids damage and dissolve layers of enamel that protect the tooth, tooth erosion happens. It is a permanent damage of the tooth that can come from your diet. Research suggests that sodas and fruit juices may be responsible for some of the erosion of the surface enamel of your teeth.
Have you ever put an old penny or quarter in a glass of cola? If you have never done this experiment, we highly encourage you to try to see how clean the coin looks after a few hours. Now imagine what it could do to your teeth if you were to sip on it all day...
Consuming sugary drinks all day, produces a constant supply of bacteria that sticks to the teeth and slowly eats at the tooth enamel, ultimately causing tooth decay. The minute we eat certain food, like carbohydrates, sugary drinks, candy, cookies, or any other types of sugary foods, certain bacteria in your mouth digest these sugars and produce acids that dissolve minerals inside the tooth enamel. This process is called demineralization. Demineralization is a direct cause of tooth decay.
What you eat is as important as your oral hygiene as it affects your oral health as well as your general health.
This is why we recommend to always brush after eating or snacking, whenever possible.
Our mouth is highly sensitive to our nutrition, so always make healthy choices. If you want something sweet, enjoy it, but remember to do it in moderation. And never forget to brush and floss!
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Article date: Jul. 20 2013
Type: Tooth Decay And Cavities
Location: Boca Raton - Palm Beach County