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How Quickly Does Acidic Food Begin Attacking Your Teeth?

Posted on 2/2/2024 by Weo Admin
two mason jars full of fresh citrus juicesConsuming highly acidic foods can adversely affect your teeth and cause a wide range of dental issues. Foods with elevated acid levels often contribute to tooth sensitivity and compromise the health of your gums and tooth enamel. The adverse effects begin as soon as 20 minutes after consuming such foods, as the combination of starches, sugars, and plaque in your mouth forms acids that initiate the attack on your teeth. Discussed below are the effects of acidic foods on your teeth.

Tooth Erosion

Consuming highly acidic foods can contribute to tooth erosion that gradually diminishes the protective enamel. In severe tooth erosion, the visual characteristics of the tooth may be altered, and susceptibility to bacterial infiltration is heightened. This increases the risk of dental infections or the formation of cavities. Tooth erosion often comes with discomfort, making it challenging to eat. Timely treatment is crucial to prevent rapid deterioration of the entire tooth and to maintain its structural integrity.

It is important to note that various commonly consumed items, including citrus fruits, sodas, and certain candies, can contribute to acidity. Regularly indulging in these can exacerbate the risk of tooth erosion. Dental professionals recommend moderation and rinsing your mouth with water after consuming acidic foods to help neutralize the acids and minimize their impact on your teeth.

Tooth Sensitivity

As mentioned earlier, acids represent a major contributor to tooth sensitivity. Consuming foods and beverages with elevated acid levels gradually erodes tooth enamel, revealing the sensitive dentin beneath. This exposure can result in sharp pain when consuming hot or cold drinks. If you notice signs of tooth sensitivity, you should schedule an appointment with our offices right away.

Furthermore, adopting a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth can provide relief. These toothpaste formulations often contain ingredients that help desensitize the nerves, reducing discomfort associated with tooth sensitivity.

Talk To Our Professionals

Regular dental checkups and professional cleanings are integral in maintaining oral health. Our dental professionals can identify early signs of acid erosion and provide personalized advice on dietary habits to minimize its impact. For more insights into the effects of acidic foods and personalized dental care, feel free to contact our offices.

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