Is Your Diet Affecting Your Teeth?

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Anything you put in your mouth affects your teeth. Some foods and beverages can actually hurt your teeth. Read more about the offenders.

The daily grind is taking a toll on your teeth

Drinking coffee can stain your teeth, making them appear stained or yellow. If you have sensitive teeth, dentists recommend using fluoride whitening toothpaste specially formulated for sensitive teeth.


The soda pop problem

Soft and energy drinks and carbonated beverages contain phosphoric acid and citric acid. The ADA (American Dental Association) says these acids can actually weaken tooth enamel. This results in enamel erosion and the loss of hard tissues from the tooth surface. After drinking something acidic, you are advised to wait at least 30 minutes before brushing in order to avoid damaging teeth in their weakened state. Drinking a glass of water after drinking an acidic beverage is good idea, because it can help wash away the harmful acids.


The stem of the issue

Wine is a highly acidic beverage, and white wine is more acidic than red wine. If teeth are exposed to wine for a long period of time, the tooth enamel is weakened and becomes vulnerable to deterioration by chewing or tooth brushing. Dentists recommend drinking wine only around meal times and waiting an hour after consuming wine before brushing, in order to give teeth time to remineralize.


When life gives you lemons

The acid in these types of foods can actually dissolve tooth enamel, and enamel erosion is one of the leading causes of tooth sensitivity. Once enamel is gone, it can’t grow back. Therefore, it is a good idea to brush your teeth before eating an acidic food and to drink a glass of water after you are finished eating to wash away the acids.


Let the smoke signals guide you

Tobacco can discolor your teeth, making them appear yellow. In addition, it can cause periodontal disease, which may result in tooth loss and tooth sensitivity. If you have sensitive teeth, dentists recommend using fluoride whitening toothpaste specially formulate for sensitive teeth to remove surface stains.