A relatively new problem is becoming apparent in dentistry. This is ‘wear’ of teeth due to chemical erosion. This often results in sensitivity of the necks of the teeth to cold and sweet things.
Another common area of tooth surface damage is the inner surfaces of upper teeth in teenagers. Chemical erosion is the result of acid softening the enamel.
If the teeth are brushed with an abrasive toothpaste, the problem is made worse. The result is that the “softened” enamel is often “spat” down the sink! Read our tips to preserve tooth enamel.
The main types of acid which are dangerous for your teeth are:
- Citric acid
lemons, grapefruit, oranges
- Lactic acid
yoghurt, fromage frais, cottage cheese
- Phosphoric acid
Coke, Pepsi, diet Coke, diet Pepsi
- Acetic acid
vinegar as in oil and vinegar dressing
- Malic acid
- Oxalic acid
It must be remembered that fresh fruit juices are just as dangerous for teeth as fruit juice mixtures e.g., Five Alive. More diet tips for healthy teeth and gums.
Why is this happening now?
Many of these fruits and juices formerly were only available in season. With refrigeration, these are now available all year round and are doing phenomenal damage to teeth.
An exaggerated emphasis on slimming for ‘health’ reasons has not helped.
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