Avoiding Acid Erosion

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The enamel on your teeth is the hardest substance in your body. It is the first line of defense that your tooth has to protect it from the substances that can cause tooth decay or an infection that can lead to an abscess. One of the biggest enemies of your tooth enamel is acid. Acid attacks the enamel on your teeth, opening the door for oral health problems  And it may surprise you to learn that there may be more acid in your life than you thought. Acid can develop when the bacteria in the plaque in your teeth interact with the sugars and starches in your food. It is also present in some of the foods and drinks that you enjoy. And it can also come from a bout of morning sickness or acid reflux.

Citrus fruit contains vitamins, and make a great snack or addition to any meal. But they also have a high acid content. Instead of skipping that orange or grapefruit, try enjoying it with a glass of water. Soft drinks, sports drinks, and energy drinks often contain high levels of sugar and acid. You may want to cut down your intake of those drinks or drink water instead. Stomach acids from reflux, morning sickness or nausea will damage your enamel. You should see your doctor to treat your acid reflux, and on those occasions when you do vomit, you should rinse your mouth with water, and brush your teeth after thirty minutes.

If you have questions or concerns about your tooth enamel, our dentist, Dr. Catalina Cruz Johnson will be happy to see you for an exam and a consultation. If you live in the Houston, Texas area and would like to schedule an appointment at Dentists at Memorial Park, call 713-861-8323 today. We look forward to getting you started on a lifetime of great smiles!