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Like the bacteria in dental plaque that are responsible for tooth decay and gum disease, the acids in certain foods and drinks are harmful to your teeth. Because over-consumption of healthy foods can be as bad for your teeth as too much sugar in your diet, it's important to recognize the signs of tooth erosion so that you can let your dentist know. It also helps to understand what actually happens and what kinds of foods play a role in wearing away tooth enamel, which discolors teeth.
Signs of Tooth Enamel Erosion
Tooth enamel is a hard substance, but even a healthy diet can cause dental erosion, tooth discoloration, and the permanent loss of tooth enamel. Signs of tooth erosion vary depending on whether your teeth are in the early or advanced stages but may include:
As tooth erosion advances, teeth can also crack on the edges. You may also notice small indentations on the teeth where you bite and chew. In severe cases, tooth loss can occur.
Frequent exposure to acids in foods and beverages causes tooth enamel to lose minerals. Normally, the calcium in saliva restores tooth enamel. But if saliva doesn't do an adequate job of neutralizing acids in the mouth and teeth remain in an acidic environment, de-mineralization rather than re-mineralization occurs. White spots on the teeth usually are signs of de-mineralization.
Foods and beverages with low (more acidic) pH values generally erode enamel on the front teeth. However, acids from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) that back up from the stomach into the esophagus and mouth can erode the enamel of teeth at the back of the mouth.
Tooth erosion exposes dentin—the hard, bony tissue beneath the enamel. Dentin is yellow in color; therefore, as erosion causes tooth enamel to become thin and more translucent, the yellowish dentin layer shows through. If acids from the foods and beverages you consume have eroded away tooth enamel to this point, veneers and crowns are options for having whiter teeth.
Role Acidic Foods Play
As acidic foods erode and thin tooth enamel over time, your teeth become more prone to tooth decay, which appear s brown spots on the teeth. That's why it's important to limit consumption of high-acid foods and beverages including:
Although many of these foods should be included in a healthy diet, a food or beverage doesn't have to be sugary to be hard on your teeth. Foods that contain acids skip the bacteria step and start eating away at tooth enamel directly. For instance, any fruits and vegetables with low pH values consumed in excess can erode tooth enamel. It also may surprise you to learn that other healthy foods like whole grains and dairy foods contain acids naturally. For more tips, contact a clinic like TLC Dental Center.