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How Acidic Foods Affect Your Teeth

MDS Prosthodontics, BDS
Dentist, Mumbai
How Acidic Foods Affect Your Teeth

We all got together to indulge into our favourite foods this holiday season, where platter overflowed with sweet, spicy and acidic foods. However, when it comes to teeth, sugar isn’t the only culprit that cause tooth decay. High levels of acid in everyday foods and drinks are equally harmful. Lemons to wine, high-acid foods and drinks erode your teeth, causing decay, sensitivity and discoloration. But that doesn’t mean you have to strike all acidic foods and drinks from your diet. The way you consume these items can lessen their damage on your teeth.

Tooth erosion:

It is a type of tooth wear where, the protective surface of your teeth or the enamel wears away exposing the underlying material, called dentin. This leaves your tooth vulnerable to tartar, plaque and bacteria, which cause decay.

Causes of tooth erosion:

Calcium is a key ingredient in building strong teeth. Unfortunately, exposing your teeth to acid can leach calcium from your enamel, causing this protective surface to break down. Foods which have Ph. below 5.0 to 5.7 are acidic. This acid can come from many sources, including the following:

· Carbonated drinks. All soft drinks, including “diet” options, contain high levels of acid that can easily dissolve your enamel.

· Wine. Whether you choose red, white or rosé, drinking wine will soften your enamel.

· Pickles. Which are traditionally seen in an Indian platter

· Fruit juice. The most acidic options include lemon, cranberry, orange and apple.

· Citric fruits. Snacking or sucking on lemons, oranges and limes can wear down your teeth.

· Candy. No sugary sweets are good for your teeth, but you should pay extra attention to avoid sour gummies and candies.

· Sugar. Even though sugar itself does not contain high levels of acidity, it promotes the growth of acid-creating bacteria in your mouth, creating an acidic environment.

· Stomach acid. Vomiting and reflux also can cause serious tooth damage when stomach acid comes into contact with your teeth. If you suffer from an eating disorder, acid reflux or a related condition, seek professional help.

Signs of tooth erosion

Acid wear may lead to serious dental problems. It is important to notice the signs of tooth erosion in its early stages (sensitivity and discoloration) before more severe damage occur, such as cracks, pain and decay.

· Sensitivity. As your teeth’s protective enamel wears away, you may feel a twinge of pain when you consume hot, cold or sweet food and drink. As more enamel is worn away, teeth become increasingly sensitive.

· Discoloration. Teeth can become increasingly yellow as the thinning enamel layer exposes the underlying dentin.

· Rounded teeth. Your teeth may have a rounded or “sand-blasted” look.

· Sharp edges. You might notice thinning of teeth with sharp edges which might cut your tongue and cheeks.

· Transparency. Your front teeth may appear slightly translucent near the edges.

· Cracks. Small cracks and roughness may appear at the edges of teeth.

· Cupping. Small dents may appear on the chewing surface of the teeth, and fillings may appear to be rising up out of the tooth.

What you can do to prevent tooth erosion

Follow these tips to reduce the effects of acid on your teeth.

· Eating higher pH. Food alongside. This helps in lowering the acidity. Includes food like nuts, cheese, oatmeal, mangoes, melons, banana, apples, eggs, vegetables, brown rice and whole grains.

· Eat with meals. Instead of snacking throughout the day, save acidic foods for mealtimes. This will reduce their contact with your teeth and help neutralize the acid by eating it with other foods.

· Wash down with water. Sip water alongside or after the acidic food or drink to wash it out of your mouth.

· Use a straw. While having acidic beverages, reduce their contact with your teeth by using a straw and finishing the drink quickly, instead of sipping over a long period of time.

· Say no to bubbles. Swap out carbonated drinks with water, milk or tea.

· Wait before brushing. Acid softens your enamel, so brushing immediately after eating or drinking high-acid foods or drinks can actually cause damage. Wait at least half an hour and then start brushing. In the meantime, you can always rinse your mouth with tap water.

· Quit smoking. Studies have showed that smokers are more prone to acidity leading to acid reflux and teeth erosion

· Professional help. See your dentist twice a year for dental cleaning and oral screening.

· Sugar free gums. Chewing on sugar free gums increase the saliva flow which, neutralise the acid and help the teeth to stay strong.

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My tooth is partially broken by an accident. approx 8 months back. Is it fexiable. If it is how much is the cost.

BDS
Dentist, Morbi
My tooth is partially broken by an accident. approx 8 months back. Is it fexiable. If it is how much is the cost.
It depends on how your tooth is fractured. A xray will will give better idea about it. If its more (involving pulp) you might have to go for rct treatment followed by a crown (cap)
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What is best alternate available to implant as I am afraid of getting it done. I am 50 yr old. Gums are not too good, my doctor told me that implant is possible. Please advice, today I am using removable denture for upper 2 front teeth.

BDS
Dentist, Mumbai
Options for replacing missing teeth are 1. Removable dentures (u are currently using) 2. Fixed partial dentures (wherein we take support from adjacent teeth provided they are strong enough to give support) 3. Implant. Sir, implants are placed under anaesthesia hence painless and will not take more than 45 mins. If you trust your doc and his abilities, give him your nod and let him try and gv you permanently fixed teeth.
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My 21 month daughter have bottle tooth decay in front four teeth. Cavity is growing very fast. What should I do for her. I am so worried.

MDS, BDS
Dentist, Pune
My 21 month daughter have bottle tooth decay in front four teeth. Cavity is growing very fast. What should I do for h...
1. Whatever your reason for starting your little one on bottle feeding, become aware that bottle feeding has many disadvantages including negative interference in oral & facial development. So stop bottle feeding. By this age babies develop hand coordination to be able to hold a cup or a small glass and drink. 2. Visit a Pedodontist and get treated for the existing dental problem and seek more information on preventive measures. Keep a follow-up 3. If your baby has feeding problems or diet related confusions, visit a pediatrician. Get a diet consultation from a dietician. Its a must for every new parent these days. 4. Do not be insecure. Babies can sense it. Be a strong mumma. She is learning from you. She is going to be prefectly fine.
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My grandson is suffering swelling on lower jaw chin for the past 10 days. Initially it was informed as infection and was given medicines. Slowly the swelling got reduced but not significantly. The boy suffered a lot initially and was not able to take food but now slowly taking. Could you advice on this.

BDS
Dentist, Secunderabad
Sir swelling may be hard or soft on touch. Treatment for both are different, if its soft den there may be pus formation below d root of any tooth, get an rct (root canal treatment) done. If d swelling is hard den surgical removal is required. Regards.
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I am having swelled gums in lower left 3rd molar region since morning. I feel heavy weighted mandible. But I can chew food properly. There is slight pain and I'm getting headache. Swelling is mostly on buccal side of mandible. I want to know the best treatment for this problem.

Dentist, Kolkata
I am having swelled gums in lower left 3rd molar region since morning. I feel heavy weighted mandible. But I can chew...
It's due to erupting 3rd molar! Do warm. Saline. Mouthwash. 3-4 times a day, take mild painkiller. Twice. A day! If pain increase, you needed to in for antibiotics. N go in for dental checkup! please GET A X-RAY DONE OF THAT REGION!
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Sir My name is arun. I am suffering to tooth pain that called it akkaldaadh. So pls tell me medicine this pain.

BDS
Dentist, Vadodara
Sir
My name is arun. I am suffering to tooth pain that called it akkaldaadh. So pls tell me medicine this pain.
Get your teeth x rayed. Than only dentist can decide what needs to be done. If its erupting normally, just take painkillers to reduce pain n do salt water gargle. If there is infection in the surrounding gums, the dentist can remove it for you. If the tooth is struck in the jaw, than you have to get the tooth removed.
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I am 20 years old I am facing problem with my teeth, I have pain with my molar teeth. So, what can I do?

BDS (GOLD MEDALIST)
Dentist, Jamshedpur
I am 20 years old I am facing problem with my teeth, I have pain with my molar teeth. So, what can I do?
There can be cavity inside tooth or gum problem. You need to go for investigation to decide the treatment. Keep your mouth clean. Brush regularly two times daily.
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I am 27 years old woman. I have yellow patches on my tooth inside and outside. What I should do? any mouth washer or gel to remove that.

Advanced Aesthetics, BDS
Dentist, Mumbai
I am 27 years old woman. I have yellow patches on my tooth inside and outside. What I should do? any mouth washer or ...
Hi, you need to get a professional cleaning done. If that does not help then you may go for teeth whitening.
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