Most of us do not think about the damage caused by certain foods to the enamel of our teeth.  Substances that we consume on a daily basis can deteriorate the enamel coating of our teeth and can lead to permanent damage.  Enamel is the hardest and most mineralized substance in our body.   Not only does enamel protect our teeth, it is partially responsible for teeth color. Tooth enamel plays a vital role in protecting your teeth from decay, so it is very important to do everything you can to prevent decay. Unfortunately, if your enamel is destroyed, your body cannot readily produce more enamel.


The Most Common Culprits

Sugar is one of the biggest culprits when it comes to tooth decay so avoid foods with high amounts of sugar. In addition, acidic fruits such as limes, lemons, oranges, and grapefruits can deteriorate your teeth’s enamel.  Also, beverages such as coffee, sodas, and alcohol (specifically wine) will damage your enamel.  When those substances stick to your teeth and interact with the bacteria in your mouth, lactic acid is produced which can eat away at your teeth’s enamel.  Also, chewing on hard substances such as ice cubes or hard candy can chip the enamel of the tooth as well.


How to Avoid Enamel Erosion

Your best bet is to consume such foods or beverages in moderation, limit the snacking on acidic and high-sugar substances, and brush afterwards if you can.  If you’re concerned about the enamel on your teeth and how to protect it, use a fluoride toothpaste which can help repair enamel and reduce the risk of tooth decay and erosion. It is important to practice good hygiene habits and be mindful of what you eat and drink. Contact Zola Makrauer at Huntingdon Valley Dental Arts if you would like a dental consultation and or a second opinion with regard to your dental health.