Imagine looking like you have acid thrown on your face from the daily cosmetics you use. Imagine now your teeth being attacked by acid from your favourite food…
Acid erosion occurs when acids in food and drinks damage your enamel, making your teeth sensitive to certain foods, tastes and temperatures. You may not even be aware of it since the causes of acid erosion are pretty much part of our daily diet, even more so if you have a habit of consuming food not prepared by yourself.
Yes, that bowl of bak chor mee may be oh-so-delicious for breakfast or lunch but that appetizing taste you so crave as a result of copious amounts of vinegar could actually lead to acid erosion of your teeth. Figures that something that tasty would never be good for your teeth!
Caffeine addicts may have something to worry about. While caffeine itself may not have major acidic properties to cause acid erosion in our teeth, the dark colour of the liquid actually causes brown stains to our teeth, resulting in a less than appealing smile.
Drinks like juices and ciders may have all the goodness of fruits, but boy oh boy, aren’t some acidic fellas…!
Quick Tips to Prevent Acid Erosion
- After consuming acidic food or drinks, our enamel is soft. Wait an hour before brushing teeth.
- Avoid swishing acidic drinks in your mouth. Consider using a straw placed towards the back of the mouth.
- Brush with a medium-soft toothbrush and toothpaste like Sensodyne® ProNamel™ Gentle Whitening to help harden tooth enamel.
- Have regular dental check-ups.