Citrus fruits like lemons, oranges, tangerines and limes are delicious while packing a powerhouse of nutrients in a small, portable package. But while the citrusy goodness touts many health benefits, the fruit could also be damaging your teeth by eating away at the enamel. Learn more about citrus, tooth enamel erosion, and how you halt the effects, here:
What is Tooth Enamel Erosion?
Tooth enamel is a hard, semi-clear, outer layer that covers our teeth and is one of the strongest substances within the human body. Tooth enamel works to protect our teeth from hot and cold temperatures and guards against acids and chemicals that can lead to tooth damage. Over time however, our tooth enamel slowly erodes, making our teeth more susceptible to cavities and decay.
Symptoms of enamel erosion range from feeling pain or discomfort when eating certain foods, yellowing of the teeth, and rough or uneven edges on the teeth.
What Causes Tooth Enamel Erosion?
While eating citrus may contribute to the breakdown of enamel, many other factors could be responsible. Damage to the outer layer of your teeth can be caused by:
-Excessive amounts of sugar
-Sour candy or sour food
-Acid reflux disease, GERD, or heartburn
-Drugs or supplements
-Grinding your teeth
How Can I Prevent Tooth Enamel Erosion?
Preventing tooth enamel erosion can be easy by making a few lifestyle changes. For starters, try cutting down on foods and drinks that contain excessive amounts of sugar or acidity. This means most processed junk food as well as sodas and fruit juices. Citrus lovers can still enjoy the fruit but it is best to do so while also consuming a meal. If you do consume something with a lot of sugar or acidity, try drinking a glass of water immediately after as well. For those who love citrusy fruit juices, try drinking these beverages through a straw—this way the juice will bypass the front teeth and lessen the acidic blow.
Call the Professionals at Daxon Dentistry
If enamel erosion has become a problem for you, contact Daxon Dentistry today. We can provide solutions for all of your dental needs and can greatly reduce any pain or discomfort you may be feeling from enamel erosion. For more information, visit our website, or schedule an appointment today.