There are many factors involved in dental care, some of which you no doubt aware. Things such as diet and oral care habits play a huge factor in the overall condition of your teeth. It’s a well-established fact that diet plays a large role in the health of your teeth. But you may be wondering what makes some foods good for your teeth, while other foods wear down your teeth and cause cavities. In this post, we’ll examine exactly what makes a food good or bad for your teeth, and discuss which foods to avoid.
The factor which most determines if a food is good or bad for your teeth is its pH level. A pH level is a unit of measurement used in chemistry to measure if a substance is an acid or alkaline. The levels are measured on a scale from 1 to 14. A substance with a pH of one is very acidic, while a substance with a pH of 14 is very alkaline. Substances with a pH of 7 are neutral. The closer a substance is to either end of the scale, the more reactive it is with its environment. The acid found in most batteries is around 1, while ammonia is around 12. Soda and other such drinks are generally around 3.
But what does this mean for your oral health? As said above, the closer something is to the end of the scale, the greater the amount it reacts with its environment. Thus, the pH level of a food or drink is a very important factor to consider in determining its effects on your teeth. Food or drinks that are very acidic break down the minerals that comprise your teeth, resulting in weakened enamel, and eventually, cavities. But fortunately, there are ways to prevent this damage and even reverse it.
The easiest way to avoid erosion caused by acid is to avoid food and drinks with a low pH level. Since this is not always desirable or even possible, the next best way is to take to steps to mitigate the effects of acid on your teeth. Fluoride and calcium are minerals that strength your teeth and repair the effects of acid erosion. Eating foods containing these helps offset the effects of acid. Eating acidic foods with a meal also helps, as this stimulates saliva production, which helps neutralize acid. Brushing and flossing are a great way to protect your teeth, but you should wait about 30 minutes after eating acidic foods before brushing, as teeth are most vulnerable to damage right after exposure to acid.
By following these steps, you’ll be able to prevent damage to your teeth and ensure good oral health. Community Dental Group can help you take care of your teeth, and provides a full range of dental services. We serve the greater Los Angeles area and here to help you with all your oral health care needs.