Mouth acid is one of the biggest threats and enemies to tooth enamel. Although tooth enamel is incredibly durable and the strongest substance in one’s body, acidity can weaken and erode the mineral content on teeth. Saliva can effectively neutralize and clean the mouth, neutralizing acid and allowing the enamel to remineralize. Brushing and flossing daily is also effective at preventing plaque build-up, bacteria and curbing acid. However, as frequently as you brush and floss, consuming beverages with high acidic content can erode your enamel and harm your healthy teeth.
Here are the four beverages that can accelerate tooth erosion to be aware of.
Unfortunately, as delicious as wine is, it is not the best for your teeth. White wine contains a higher concentration of acid than red wine and will destroy tooth enamel much more quickly. However, with both white wine and red wine, your teeth are vulnerable to yellow staining and discolouration. When sipping wine, try to wash your mouth out with water after or in between sips to neutralize the acid.
Vodka’s pH is about 4, however, some vodka pH levels can be as high as 8. All alcohols have a relatively high drying effect that stops healthy saliva flow and leaves the mouth vulnerable to bacteria development that can be harmful. Making it more difficult for the mouth to naturally wash out food particles and bacteria can increase the chances of cavities developing as well, along with bad breath. In addition, many have spirit mixed with cocktails and sip on the drink slowly, which can further damage the teeth and gums.
It’s no secret that soft drinks can harm your physical health, but they can also do severe damage to your oral health as well. Soft drinks can cause enamel dissolution and accelerate the damage. The sugar in soft drinks combines with the bacteria and food particles in the mouth, which form acid and harm the teeth structure. Even diet or “sugar-free” pops contain their own acid that can be harmful on tooth enamel. Even apple juice can contain equal amounts of sugar as a can of pop, which is why it’s important to avoid drinking excessive amounts of any sugary drinks or stick to water.
Fruits, especially oranges, grapefruit and lemons, are filled with high amounts of acid that can severely wear down tooth enamel. When these fruits are concentrated into juice form, your teeth are exposed to high amounts of acidity. In fact, orange juice can decrease tooth enamel hardness by as much as 84%.
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