Knowing what ingredients are in the things we indulge on can be very important when it comes to your oral health.
Having good oral hygiene habits is very important, but brushing your teeth and then eating or drinking something with a higher acid content can do significant damage to your tooth enamel.
Brushing at least twice a day and flossing once a day is the best way to make sure you are removing as much plaque and bacteria as possible.
Keeping up with regular office visits for cleanings and exams is also important to keep you at your best. Your dentist is able to get into all the small spaces that are harder to reach with a traditional toothbrush, and is able to look for warning signs you may not notice. Here are some things you can expect with consuming products with a higher acid content.
Things You Should Know About Acidic Drinks
Consuming drinks that have a high pH level are the enemy to your tooth enamel. Once your tooth enamel wears away, it cannot grow back.
We understand that it is easy to just grab something when you are on the go, and that is why you should know what to stay away from. Soda is defiantly number one on the list of things to stay away from. It is the worst drink that leads to cavities out there. Then there are sports drinks, energy drinks, fruit juices, alcohol, and wine.
Believe it or not, even things that have good qualities to them as far as nutritional value can still contain a high amount of acid in them. It is best to avoid having these kinds of drinks in between meals, so drink when you eat if possible.
Rinsing your mouth with water afterwards is the best way to dissolve some of that acid. To avoid some of the contact with your teeth try using a straw when drinking these beverages. Make sure you wait for at least 30 minutes before brushing your teeth, because if you brush your teeth too hard it may also take a toll on your tooth enamel.
The good news is there are still things we can do to help you. There are options that we can go over with you in the office to help you to restore your smile and prevent further damage to your teeth.
From filling cavities, placing a crown, or veneers. That is what we are here for. It is best to schedule an appointment to come in, because each individual is unique in their own way, so giving answers to you over the phone is quite tricky.
Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns. If you are experiencing any pain or discomfort that lasts for more than a couple of days, we recommend you treat this as an emergency and get in as soon as possible. We look forward to hearing from you.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (510) 883-3454 today.