Are you a lover of coke, fruit juices, and citrus fruits? You may not know it, but the acid in these food and drinks is causing the enamel of your teeth to wear away and your teeth to become discolored and sensitive. This is why it is important to pay attention to what you consume.
Tooth wear or erosion, is a loss of the structure of a tooth caused by the weakening of dental enamel. The enamel of your teeth is the outer layer of your teeth. It is very thin, and it maintains the shape and structure of the tooth. When the enamel is weakened, dentin, which is the tissue that comprises the core of the tooth, is exposed. When this happens, the teeth will look yellow in color.
The acid found in many food and drinks causes the erosion of your enamel, and of your teeth. This acid is fought by the calcium found in your saliva which strengthens your teeth after small amounts of acid are ingested. But when you ingest too much acid, your saliva cannot deal with all of it. Acid can come from many sources including:
If you eat or drink any of these, you are putting your teeth, and your health, at risk. It is important to know the foods that can harm your teeth, and this to an extent depends on your age and the present condition of your teeth.
When you have questions about your dental health, you need a dentist you can trust your entire family with, and that is what Novi Family Dentistry is all about. Our dental services include teeth whitening, crowns, bridges, and much more. Contact us today to make an appointment.