The dental industry has long promoted the concept of dental erosion. They blame the person for eating too many acidic foods, pointing the finger at things like lemons, apple cider vinegar, coffee, tea, and wine. While these items are indeed acidic, they have very little to do with the overall acidity of the oral environment.
The true cause of acid in our mouth is sugar. Lactic, Acetic, and Formic acids are produced by oral bacteria as they are exposed to sugar, or foods that convert to sugar.
Here are a few tips to consider:
– Consume a low sugar/carbohydrate diet. You should not aim for a zero carbohydrate diet, because vegetables are necessary for an optimal diet, but eliminating foods that are high in sugar will help cut down on overall acid production. (Please note that everyone will have some acid production throughout the day – it is unavoidable)
– You can help neutralize acids that are produced through proper homecare. Brushing, flossing, and rinsing help physically remove the bacteria, but incorporating baking soda (which is very alkaline) will help neutralize and wash out the bacterial acids.
– Adequate hydration (water) will help flush acids from the mouth and dilute the acidity of the saliva. Adding good quality minerals to the drinking water will aid in acid reduction as well as promote an overall healthy mouth and body. Our enamel is built of calcium and phosphate, but ALL minerals are essential in balancing acidity.
– Be aware that even though the majority of acids come from the bacteria, physical dental erosion can still be caused by acid reflux disease, bulimia, medications, and exacerbated by dry mouth.
If you would like to consult with a dentist in Hatboro, Pennsylvania, you are welcome to contact Dr. Louis Trovato and our team about dental erosion. To schedule an appointment at our dentist office of Trovato Nutrition, call (215) 293-0909.