Did you know that enamel—the outer layer of your teeth—is harder than any other substance in your body. While fluoride can help keep your enamel strong and fight off decay, the foods we eat have the opposite effect. In fact, acids from food will weaken your enamel for about thirty minutes after you eat.
Naturally, some foods are more acidic than others, including fruits and vegetables. This makes it difficult to completely avoid these foods. To make matters worse, sugars create an environment where acids and bacteria can thrive and damage your teeth. Fortunately there are some foods and drinks you can cut from your diet.
Of course, soda is a drink full of sugar. However, sugar also contains high fructose corn syrup. In reality, high fructose corn syrup is essentially concentrated sugar. Conversely, while sugar-free soda doesn’t contain high fructose corn syrup, it does have a number of artificial sweeteners. Sadly, these sweeteners are acids themselves.
Sadly, once your enamel is damaged, it’s much easier for sugar to damage your teeth. This can lead to cavities, which makes your teeth vulnerable to more damage. Similarly, if your enamel is damaged, your nerves will be exposed and your teeth will be more sensitive to temperature.
If you are interested in learning more, please feel free to contact Smiles Dental at 509.850.3050 soon. Dr. Michelle Metcalf and our team are eager to hear from you.