In this post from Dr. Steven W. Haywood in Timonium, we look at enamel, the hard outer later of your teeth.
Most people don’t think of a tooth as a body part that fluctuates in strength. Our teeth seem to have a steady hardness and dependably grind food whenever we need them. However, teeth are dynamic organisms with continual chemical processes.
The protective enamel that covers the softer interior is comprised of minerals. Enamel demineralizes (loses some of its density) when it comes in contact with acids.
Saliva can dilute and neutralize acid so the tooth can remineralize This process isn’t instantaneous, however.
While the enamel is soft, the tooth is vulnerable to losing a microscopic outer layer of enamel. If the erosion continues, the much softer dentin is exposed. The dentin erodes more quickly. Eventually, the tooth may need to be extracted.
It is apparent that the ordinarydiet is becoming more acidic. The list of acidic foods may surprise you. They include eggs, gravy, asparagus, chicken, cottage cheese, honey, fish, ham, butter, sour cream, aged cheese, and yogurt with active cultures. Generally, foods with a high sugar or artificial sweetener content are especially acidic. We don’t recommend eliminating the healthy foods on this list. However, we just want you to be aware of the issue.
Now let’s talk about beverages. You probably already know that soda pop and wine are not good for your teeth. Teens who sip soda all day can have acid erosion while their young teeth should be at their strongest. In addition to soda, energy drinks are very popular and dentists are noticing the impact.
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