You might hear the term acid erosion a lot when you’re listening to ads on the television for dental hygiene products. You’ll probably also hear us mention it from time to time. While you may have a general idea of what this means when you break down the definitions of each word within this term, you may not really know what it means for your oral health. You might not know why it’s happening or how to avoid it either! Unfortunately, this is a big problem for smiles! The good news? It’s avoidable and once you’re aware of the details, you’ll more easily be able to protect your grin.
What Is It?
Acid erosion is what it sounds like. (Fortunately, you can avoid it). You’re eroding the tissue that your teeth are made of due to exposure to acids. Okay, but what does this really mean for you? Well, it means a couple things. First, it might mean that you’re drinking a lot of acidic beverages. When you drink them, they coat your teeth. That, in turn, softens the outer tissue layer of your teeth called enamel. Slowly but surely, it thins your protective enamel. Or, it means that your oral environment become acidic frequently, which causes the same problem.
What’s With The Acidic Oral Environment?
Drinking acidic beverages is an obvious cause of acid erosion. So, what about that whole “acidic oral environment” concern? What’s that all about, you wonder? Well, it means that you’re eating foods that feed the bacteria in your mouth. Did you know that the bacteria digest food particles like carbs and sugar and then release the waste as acid? So, when you’re indulging in starchy and sweet foods, this becomes more likely and can lead to further damage.
What Can I Do?
You can limit the acidic foods you eat, the acidic beverages you drink, and you can be careful with carbs and sweet. You can also remember that regardless of what you eat, if you drink water after you do so, this helps neutralize your mouth and rinse your teeth. Even better? After you’ve had your water or rinsed, wait about a half hour. Then, take time to brush your smile. You’ll remove food, you’ll help your smile become neutral, and you’ll slow erosion. (Hint: Keep up with checkups and cleanings with us, too).
Protect Your Smile With Preventive Care At Our Office
See us at our practice for preventive care, which will help you protect your enamel, your gums, and the complete health of your smile. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, call Creekside Family Dental Care in Columbia, TN, today at (931) 388–3384.