By Midtown Dental Studio
August 05, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Sode   Fruit Juice  

It is generally well-known that we should incorporate a healthy amount of vitamins and nutrients in our diet through foods like fruits and vegetables to maintain good general health. In our society, however, people can assume that fruit products, such as fruit juices, are just Sugar as good for them as eating a piece of fruit itself. A bottle of orange juice can have just as much sugar in it as a can of soda. We need to take extra care in what beverages we consume, especially in regards to what these sodas and fruit juices do to the teeth.

What is dental erosion? Dental erosion, or the wearing down of enamel by exposure to acid, has been shown in studies to occur in a majority of adults. It leaves the dentine of the tooth exposed, causing heightened sensitivity to hot and cold. This erosion is slowed by the presence of saliva, which helps to reestablish a natural balance in the mouth. However, when that saliva isn’t given enough time to repair this change in acidity, erosion happens, and teeth become sensitive. Men have shown to be twice as at risk for dental erosion as women.

What constitutes as acidic? Anything over a pH level of 5.5 is considered acidic. Most sodas, diet sodas, fizzy drinks, fruit juices and sports drinks top that number. Water and milk, which are not acidic, are both tooth and body healthy.

How can I prevent dental erosion? Avoiding sodas and fruit juices is not the end-all answer to a healthy mouth. Adopting good habits is equally important, such as the following:

  • Replace fruit juice with whole fruit.
  • Drink fruit juice and soda with a straw to limit contact with teeth.
  • Brush and floss twice daily.
  • Use fluoride toothpaste.
  • Commit to regular dental checkups.

The staff at Midtown Dental Studio in Midtown, Atlanta are experts in providing specialized, professional dental care to all of their patients. Call today to schedule an appointment!