Would you be surprised to learn that the hardest part of your body is actually the outer layer of your teeth? While fluoride can help keep your enamel strong and fight off decay, the foods we eat have the opposite effect. In fact, acids from food will weaken your enamel for about thirty minutes after you eat.
Naturally, some foods are more acidic than others, including fruits and vegetables. This makes it difficult to completely avoid these foods. To make matters worse, sugars create an environment where acids and bacteria can thrive and damage your teeth.Still, if you are interested in preserving the health of your smile, there are a few things you should consider cutting out of your diet—such as soda.
As you probably know, soda is high in sugar, and high fructose corn syrup is just a more concentrated form of sugar. This makes high fructose corn syrup worse for your mouth than other sugars. Sadly, sugar-free sodas aren’t any better. The artificial sweeteners in sugar-free soda are actually acids.
Sadly, once your enamel is damaged, it’s much easier for sugar to damage your teeth. This can lead to cavities, which makes your teeth vulnerable to more damage. Similarly, if your enamel is damaged, your nerves will be exposed and your teeth will be more sensitive to temperature.
If you are interested in learning more,or are worried about the health of your smile, please feel free to contact us at 916-915-5108 soon.We will gladly address any concerns you may have. Dr. Keven R. Mills and our team are eager to hear from you.