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Preventing Acid Erosion
Did you know that the biggest threat to teeth is sugary and starchy food? These carbohydrates ferment, causing the bacteria in the mouth to produce acids. Those acids can quickly eat away at the enamel of teeth. As a result, this creates tiny pits where tooth decay can form.
Most of us assume that sugary candy is the worst offender. But sweetened carbonated beverages, such as colas, can be even more dangerous, since carbonation increases acid levels in the mouth. Some recent studies have singled out sports drinks as a particular threat to tooth enamel.
What to do:
- Go easy on sugary foods, especially carbonated soft drinks and sports drinks.
- Avoid frequent snacking, which causes acid levels in the mouth to remain high over an extended time.
- If you get a craving for something sweet, chew sugarless gum. Chewing increases saliva production, which helps cleanse the mouth and neutralize acidity.
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes and floss daily. Daily dental hygiene reduces bacteria levels in your mouth.
- See your dentist every six months for a regular checkup that includes removing plaque buildup.
Content provided by WebMD.com