Beware Of An Acidic Diet
- Posted on: Nov 1 2019
Most people don’t think of a tooth as a body part that fluctuates in strength. Our teeth seem to have a steady hardness and dependably grind food whenever we need them. The team at Flax Dental in Atlanta reminds you that teeth are dynamic organisms with nonstop chemical processes.
The protective enamel that covers the softer interior is composed of minerals. Enamel demineralizes (loses some of its density) when it comes in contact with acids.
Saliva can dilute and neutralize acid so the tooth can re-harden. This process isn’t instantaneous, however.
While the enamel is soft, the tooth is susceptible to losing a microscopic outer layer of enamel. If the erosion continues, the much softer dentin is gradually exposed. The dentin erodes more quickly. Eventually, the tooth may need to be extracted.
It is apparent that the typical diet is becoming more acidic. The list of acidic foods may surprise you. They include eggs, gravy, asparagus, chicken, cottage cheese, honey, fish, ham, butter, sour cream, aged cheese, and yogurt with active cultures.
Generally, foods with a high sugar or artificial sweetener content are especially acidic. We don’t recommend eliminating the healthy foods on this list. However, we just want you to be aware of the issue.
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