We are only given two sets of teeth in our lifetime, and the first set we don't have for very long. Keeping up on oral hygiene will increase the lifetime of your adult teeth. You've heard the rules many times before.
Brush two times a day, and floss once a day. Keep up with regular office visits and cleanings, so we can get into all those small spaces and look for warning signs. Those are all very important, but it's also very important to watch what you eat and drink. Let's talk about some of the effects foods and drinks can have on your teeth.
What Kinds of Foods and Drinks Can Hurt Your Teeth
Believe it or not citrus juices like orange, lemon, and lime contain harsh amounts of acid. They may be packed with vitamins, but they are also very high acid. Eating these fruits can also wear down your teeth. Wine also contains acid that can be harmful to tooth enamel.
Carbonated drinks like soda, even diet soda, have high levels of acid and should be consumed in moderation. If you're going to have these beverages you should do so while eating. Wait for at least 30 minutes before brushing, because these drinks can soften your enamel and then brushing can do more damage.
Try to avoid candy. Packed with sugar candy can do lots of damage to your teeth in general. Hard candy can even chip or break a tooth. Energy drinks are the worst. They have a higher acidic content than fruit juice and soda.
Spicy foods can get you too. If spice is what you like try to aim for dinnertime. Drink water while you're eating to try to rinse your mouth. If you're going to be enjoying a beverage other than water or tea, try to use a straw so it limits to contact with your teeth.
If you're worried about your tooth enamel, have no fear. We can do many things to help you save your teeth. You do have options. Get yourself some information on better foods to eat, and things you can do to slow down the wear process.