Most people don’t think of a tooth as a body part that varies in strength. Our teeth seem to have a steady hardness and dependably grind food whenever we need them. But at Decatur Smiles in Decatur AL, we remind you that teeth are living organisms with constant chemical processes.
The protective enamel that covers the softer interior is comprised 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 exposed to losing a microscopic outer layer of enamel. If the erosion continues, the much softer dentin is exposed. The dentin erodes more quickly. Eventually, the tooth may need to be extracted.
It seems that the average 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 considerably acidic. We don’t recommend eliminating the healthy foods on this list, but you should definitely be aware of the issue.
If your teeth have become more sensitive be sur eto mention it at your next checkup with Decatur Smiles in Decatur AL. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today!