A new study published in the Journal of Public Health Dentistry states that soft drinks and fruit juice are the most significant factor contributing to dental erosion. The Journal of Dentistry found that drinking fruit juice, soda, and diet soda regularly showed an almost 85-percent decrease in enamel density when compared to drinking water and milk regularly.
When the enamel of the tooth comes in contact with acidic properties, over time, the enamel softens and erodes. Because this erosion leaves sensitive areas of the tooth vulnerable, the result is often extreme pain in the exposed area.
This differs from tooth decay in that dental erosion does not require sugar and bacteria to build up on teeth and gums. While brushing and flossing regularly are still the best defense in the fight against decay, they alone cannot stop dental erosion.
Not even the most rigid dentist would suggest cutting out all fruits and carbonated beverages every day. However, it would be hard to find a dentist who didn’t suggest some preventative measures to ensure the health and longevity of teeth and gums.
Fortunately, there are simple and cost-effective ways to protect teeth from dental erosion and the pain and expense that often come with it:
1) Don’t nurse that acidic beverage: By sipping soda or fruit juice over an hour or more, it is exposing teeth to the acidic culprits for longer. If possible, drink it in one sitting.
2) Rinse with water: This one is as easy as it sounds – rinse with water after the acidic drink to get rid of residue.
3) Use a straw: Basically a straw delivers the acidic beverage to the back of the mouth, thereby missing teeth.
4) Delay brushing teeth: Okay, this one seems counterintuitive. However, it is best to wait half an hour or more to avoid spreading the enamel weakening acid to the nooks and crannies.
5) GO TO THE DENTIST: The most important step toward improved or continued dental health is to make and keep twice yearly appointments with a fantastic dentist.
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