Most people don’t think of their teeth as fluctuating in strength. They seem to have a steady hardness and are there when we need them. But that’s not quite accurate. At Dennis J. Coleman DDS in Davidson, we’re using this post to remind you that teeth are dynamic organisms with uninterrupted chemical processes.
The protective enamel that covers a tooth’s softer interior is comprised of minerals. Enamel loses some of its density when it comes in contact with acidic food and beverages.
One of the main functions of saliva is diluting and neutralizing acid so the tooth can re-harden. But the process isn’t instantaneous.
While the enamel is soft, the tooth can lose a microscopic outer layer of enamel. If the erosion continues, the much softer dentin is exposed. The dentin erodes more quickly, and the tooth is more vulnerable to decay.
The things we eat and drink may be more acidic than you realize. The list of acidic foods includes eggs, asparagus, chicken, honey, fish, ham, and many dairy products. Generally, foods with a high sugar or artificial sweetener content are highly acidic.
You don’t need to eliminate the healthy foods on this list. But you should be aware of the issue.
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