Second Hardest Natural Substance No Match for Edible Acids

Diamonds are the hardest naturally occurring substance on the planet. Next in line is tooth enamel. That’s right. Your teeth are the second hardest naturally occurring substance – pretty impressive. But acids in food can make tooth enamel go soft, literally.

Some of the acids we put into our mouths come directly from foods, like citrus fruits, for example. Sugars and starches (found in crackers, potatoes, rice, breads) mixed with saliva also cause acids in the mouth. When we eat these foods, acids cause tooth enamel to soften for about 30 minutes. If you brush your teeth during this softening and re-hardening phase, you could damage them. As new saliva is produced in your mouth, it re-hardens your tooth enamel.

Over time, this process can cause permanent damage, which we call acid erosion. Dentists are concerned that children are drinking too many sugary and carbonated beverages and not nearly enough water. Energy drinks, colas, and sports drinks are a prime cause of acid erosion in children. Acid erosion is not tooth decay. It’s a completely different problem.

If you or your child notice tooth sensitivity or discoloration of tooth enamel caused by thinning enamel, not stains, your teeth may need special treatment. In addition to monitoring your diet, waiting 30 minutes to brush your teeth after eating, and rinsing your mouth with water after drinking or eating, you can use toothpaste specially made for sensitive teeth, like Sensodyne. If your tooth enamel is thin from acid erosion, your Pannu Dental Care dentist may suggest composite bonding.

Don’t live with tooth sensitivity. Call Pannu Dental Care in Cupertino, San Jose, Fremont, or Dublin to schedule an appointment for an examination. Our general dentists and specialists, along with our competent hygiene team, will help you overcome tooth sensitivity and acid erosion.

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