Sweet, sour…what’s it all mean for your smile? Well, when we talk about sweet things, you immediately think of sugar. As you know, sugar isn’t your smile’s friend but more of an enemy, as it can lead to the softening of your enamel and the development of tooth decay. Why? Well, because the bacteria that live and thrive within plaque will eat that sugar, digest it, release acids that rest on your dental tissue, and acids eat away at your enamel (reminder, it’s the outer protective tissue layer of your tooth). So, what about sour stuff? Does that conjure anything up? Perhaps you image lemons, other juices, and sour candy but you wonder: Is this good or bad for my oral health? Generally speaking, sour may mean not-so-great! Learn more from our Southlake, TX team.
Acidic Fruits And Sour Candies
Damage can occur when you consume acidic fruits and other foods. However, keep in mind that fruit juice and fruits in their whole form are often the major culprits in damaging your enamel! While not all fruit is highly acidic, the “sunnier” fruits like lemons, oranges, and grapefruits are common culprits and super acidic. What does this mean, you wonder? Well, these sour fruits will soften and weaken your enamel when you eat them. What else might cause a problem? Sour candies, which usually contain citric acid! To protect your oral health, try to limit your consumption of them (or follow our care guidelines below).
How To Enjoy “Sour Stuff” Anyway!
While it would be wonderful for your oral health if you were to swear off of lemonade, sour candies, and more, that may not be realistic for you. If that’s the case, then what is realistic is taking steps to limit the potential damage to your smile that may occur as you eat and enjoy them. Here’s what you need to keep in mind, as it applies to acidic foods and beverages as much as it does to items full of sugar or carbohydrates (and remember, if you have questions, ask us!):
- Remember to rinse acids and sour foods from your teeth as quickly as possible after you eat them. Just rinsing with water does the trick!
- After you have rinsed, if you can make it to a sink and brush after giving your smile about 30 minutes to rest, even better!
- Chewing gum free of sugar for just under a half hour or so can help you salivate, remove acids, and protect your smile.
Learn More About The Way Food Affects Your Smile During Checkups
If you’re curious about the way certain foods and drinks affect your oral health, we encourage you to ask during your checkups! Schedule care with your Southlake, TX dentist today by calling Gregory Wright, DDS at (817) 481-7999. We gladly serve patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and surrounding areas.