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How Citric Acid Affects Your Teeth

There is more to keeping the teeth healthy than a simple brush and floss. To prevent tooth decay and other oral problems, it is important to know the everyday culprits. A certain study reveals that the main cause of a cavity is acid. This simply means that food and beverages that are high in citric acid may seriously affect a person’s dental health.

Grapefruits, limes, oranges and lemons may seem harmful, as they are a rich source of vitamin C and other nutrients. With regular consumption, however, citrus fruits may cause tooth enamel to erode over time. Once erosion has reached the inner layers of the teeth, one may start to experience pain and sensitivity. Left untreated, it may affect the nerve portion of the tooth.

Tooth Enamel Erosion

Tooth enamel, according to dental professionals, is the strongest substance in our body. Its role is to protect the teeth from daily wear and tear, such as chewing sticky food and teeth grinding. Enamel also prevents chemicals and acids from damaging teeth and gums. Once this shell erodes, anyone is likely to have dental caries.

Once a cavity starts, it may harm the neighbouring teeth. To prevent tooth decay or stop it from getting worse, one must determine how to reduce the effects of citric acid.

Importance of Prevention

Food and drinks high in citric acid causes tooth enamel to dissolve quickly, especially if one does not practice good oral hygiene every day. With proper dental care, a number of studies indicate that anyone can interrupt and even reverse the tooth decay process.

To keep the smile looking its best, it is advisable to limit intake of candies, canned iced teas, sports drinks and carbonated sodas. In addition, regular dental visits are necessary.

Here at Glow Dental, we can help you achieve a stunning and youthful looking smile. We offer an extensive selection of dental treatments, from tooth whitening and dental implants to crowns, veneers and root canal. Contact us today to set an appointment.

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