Acid in Your Mouth?

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The idea of acid in your mouth is not a pleasant one. It may seem a little far-fetched, but the fact is acid is a serious problem for your teeth. Acid can be found in the foods you eat and the beverages you drink. The bacteria in the plaque on your teeth can work with the sugars in your meals to create acid. If you deal with reflux or throw up, the acids from your stomach could end up in your mouth. Once it is there, it will start attacking your tooth enamel.

Brushing your teeth is a good way to protect them, but you should wait at least 30 minutes until after you eat. If you brush before then, you may just end up spreading the acids from your food around your mouth.

Soft drinks, sports drinks and energy drinks may contain acids that can attack your teeth, and sugar that can be converted into acid. Citrus juice is healthy, but also contains acid, and you should enjoy your juice with a glass of water.

Speaking of water, it is probably the best to drink for combating acid. It can wash the acid in your mouth away and can also clear away the food debris that may contribute to tooth decay. Saliva is also remarkably helpful solution for keeping your mouth acid-free. Saliva not only rinses your mouth, but it can also neutralize the harmful acids.

To keep acid at bay, brush your teeth twice a day, floss once a day, eat a balanced diet and see our dentist, Dr. Catalina Cruz Johnson for your regular appointments. And, in order to do that, you need to call 713-861-8323 today to plan your visit to Dentists at Memorial Park.