As the weather starts to improve we tend to shy away from hot drinks and tend to move towards cold drinks to help keep you hydrated. Did you know however that certain soft drinks can have a detrimental effect on your oral health?
Acid erosion is caused when the acids in the food and drink we consume attacks the tooth enamel. Enamel is the hard, protective coating of the tooth, which protects the more sensitive dentine below. If the enamel is worn away, the dentine can be exposed and this can lead to sensitivity. Enamel cannot be regenerated and once it is gone, it’s gone!
Acidity is measured by a pH vale and anything with a pH lower than 5.5 is considered acidic and can therefore harm your teeth. Some examples include:
- Fizzy drinks, sodas, pops and carbonated drinks
- Fruit and fruit juices
- Sports drinks
So how do you ensure that you stay hydrated this summer without affecting your oral health? Here at College Dental Surgeries we have come up with some tips to help ensure you are summer ready.
- Use a straw
You do not have to stop drinking fizzy drinks, but to help protect your teeth, try and drink them through a straw. This helps to prevent the liquid coming into contact with the teeth. It is also better to drink the can or bottle in one go rather than sipping it over a prolonged period of time
- Limit acidic foods and drinks to mealtimes
Aim to limit acidic food and drinks to meal times. It takes around an hour for the pH level in your mouth to return to its normal level. If you are constantly grazing on acidic foods or sipping acidic drinks your mouth never gets a chance to recover.
- Wait for at least one hour after eating before brushing your teeth
Every time you eat or drink something acidic, the enamel on your teeth becomes softer for a short period and loses some of its mineral content. By waiting an hour, you give the enamel a chance to re-harden, reducing the risk of brushing the enamel away. Brush your teeth last thing at night and at least one other time during the day using a fluoride toothpaste.
- Visit the dentist for regular appointments
By attending for regular dental appointments, you can ensure that any problems are identified early, reducing the risk of problems in the future.
If you are concerned about the health of your teeth. Do not hesitate to call College Dental Surgeries on 01622 752340 and book an appointment today.