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How Can I Protect My Teeth from Tooth Erosion?

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We are told since childhood that eating too many sweets leads to tooth decay. Well, eating so many sweets indeed lead to tooth decay. But now what if I tell you that some of your good habits are harming your teeth? Of course, you must have been surprised just like me. Maybe some people find this strange too. Hereby good habits, I meant those foods which are good for our body but not for our teeth. Let us know about this in detail.

Tooth erosion occurs when your teeth are damaged due to acid that is found in many fruits, food items, and health drinks. If we talk about teeth, then our teeth are made of two main components enamel and dentine.

1. Enamel:-

It is a mineralised tissue that is the strongest tissue found throughout the body. Like bones, they do not regenerate because they do not contain living cells.

2. Dentine:-

It is the second strongest tissue found in the whole body, which is found below the enamel.

Tooth erosion does not create a hole (cavity) in the tooth like tooth decay. It removes the upper layer of enamel on teeth, due to which the layer of dentine starts coming in direct contact with food, which leads to the problem of hypersensitivity, which also affects the age of the teeth. The surprising thing is that all these problems are caused by those acidic foods which we consider healthy, such as fruits, fruit-flavored water, and fruit teas.

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Keeping this in mind, research was done in many cities of the UK in which it was seen that the effect of fruits and fruit teas on the acidity of the mouth. After this research, scientists got surprising results.

Initially, when the pH readings of the volunteers' mouths were taken, it was close to 6.5 i.e. neutral reading. They were then asked to drink the fruit tea in different ways - such as taking small sips, holding it in the mouth for a while, then sipping, and swishing and sipping. The acidity of the mouth of most of the people became very high when they swish and sip. And thus it took a long time of about 5 minutes for his mouth to come back to the normal pH.

In this way, the study showed that people who consumed fruit tea twice in between meals are at higher risk of tooth erosion.

Foods Responsible for tooth erosion:-

Tooth erosion occurs due to acidic food and beverages. Mostly all fruits are acidic, although some are less acidic than others, such as citrus fruits being more acidic than bananas and peaches. Some more Acidic foods are below-

  • Chilies
  • Fruit squash
  • Tomatoes
  • Fruit flavored water- e.g. adding a slice of lemon to your water
  • Fruit teas, including berry teas, rosehip and ginger, and lemon
  • Vinegar and pickle
  • Kimchi
  • Sauerkraut
  • Soft drinks

But the problem here is that most of these things are beneficial for our health. But we can do something by which we consume these substances and also prevent tooth erosion.

  • It is more beneficial to consume acidic food and drink with meals rather than in between meals as our meal will act as a buffer which will reduce the acidity of some acidic food which will reduce the erosion of enamel
  • Foods that contain calcium are very beneficial in neutralizing the acidity of the mouth. So after eating, you should consume calcium-rich foods like yogurt, cheese, and milk.
  • By using sugar-free chewing gum, the amount of saliva inside the mouth increases which will protect your teeth.
  • Try to use herbal tea instead of fruit tea.
  • Try Flavouring your water with cucumber, mint, or rosemary instead of Citrus.

So that's it for today guys. If you feel that there is something useful so please share this with your loved ones, and do not forget to reveal your ideas in the comment box. Or if you have any brilliant ideas or any questions, then don't forget to share them through a comment. Until then, be happy, keep smiling, keep asking questions, and please keep reading my articles. See you in the next article.

  • The role of the diet in tooth wear | British Dental Journal
    An acidic diet has been associated with erosive tooth wear. However, some people who consume dietary acids develop erosive tooth wear and some do not. This review paper provides an overview of the risk factors of dietary acid consumption which increa

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