To keep your teeth healthy and strong, you need to practice great oral hygiene including brushing twice daily, flossing at least once a day and visiting the dentist regularly. However, there are dietary factors that may lead to sensitive or weakened teeth and undermine your efforts. By avoiding these behaviors, you can maintain a healthy, beautiful smile.
Drinking too many acidic or sugary beverages
Beverages full of artificial sweeteners or sugar contribute to the growth of plaque bacteria in the mouth and by drinking liquids such as sports drinks, juice, diet soda, soda and even milk, you increase the risk of tooth erosion. Even with regular brushing, it’s difficult to clean areas between the teeth and the pits of chewing surfaces where these bacteria can build up and quickly lead to decay. You can reduce your risk of tooth decay and benefit your overall health by drinking more water and supplementing with fluoride if necessary.
Consuming heartburn-causing foods
When you have gastric reflux disease or uncontrolled heartburn, stomach acids can come up into the mouth and erode the cusps of the back teeth. Although using over the counter medications to treat heartburn can make you feel better temporarily, it’s important to treat the issue with medical help to avoid damage to the esophagus. Avoiding foods that trigger heartburn or acid reflux is also advisable to protect your oral and overall health.
Drinking non-fluoridated water
Drinking enough water daily helps overall health but if you drink strictly bottled water without regulated fluoride levels, your teeth may not be getting the fluoride they need. Inadequate fluoride intake contributes to weakened tooth enamel, especially in the developing teeth of children. Once enamel is lost in adult teeth, it doesn’t come back so adequate fluoride to keep teeth strong and protected is essential.
Sucking on acidic fruit
Just as the acids in sugary drinks are bad for your teeth, sucking on acidic fruits such as lemons or oranges can lead to tooth erosion. Sucking on such fruits puts a high level of acid in direct contact with the surfaces of your front teeth and this exposure erodes tooth enamel and damaged the tooth structure. If you want to enjoy such fruits, it’s better to cut them up and eat them normally rather than sucking the juices from them.
If you partake in any of the above dietary behaviors, it might be time for a change if you want to protect your teeth, especially if you’ve notice that they’re more sensitive. Sensitive teeth can indicate weakened or eroded tooth structure that requires dental attention. Contact Chianese Dental to protect and beautify your smile.