If you consume foods and beverages with high acid levels, you increase the risk of eroding your tooth enamel. From oranges to wine, high acid intake can wear away your teeth, causing decay, sensitivity and discoloring. But that doesn’t mean you have to exclude all acidic foods and drinks from your diet. How you consume these items can lessen their damage to your teeth.
A tooth is constructed of the crown (white part above the gumline) and the root (below the gumline). It also contains four tissues — enamel, dentin, pulp and cementum. When the enamel, or hard surface protecting the crown, wears away, it exposes the softer supportive issue, the dentin. This leaves your tooth vulnerable to plaque and bacteria, which cause decay.
Calcium is a key ingredient in building strong teeth. However, consuming high-acidity foods and beverages can leach calcium from your enamel, causing it to break down. Acid can come from many sources, including the following:
Be aware of six early signs of tooth enamel erosion before more severe damage occurs, such as cracks, pain and decay.
Follow these tips to reduce the effects of acid on your tooth enamel:
Last updated July 21, 2021
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