Do you know what the hardest substance in your body is? While some people may assume its bone, it’s actually your enamel—the hard outer layer of your teeth. However, while it is hard, your enamel is also fairly vulnerable, particularly to acids in the foods we eat.
Naturally, some foods are more acidic than others, including fruits and vegetables. This makes it difficult to completely avoid these foods. To make matters worse, sugars create an environment where acids and bacteria can thrive and damage your teeth. Fortunately there are some foods and drinks you can cut from your diet.
As you probably know, soda is high in sugar, and high fructose corn syrup is just a more concentrated form of sugar. This makes high fructose corn syrup worse for your mouth than other sugars. Sadly, sugar-free sodas aren’t any better. The artificial sweeteners in sugar-free soda are actually acids.
Sadly, once your enamel is damaged, it’s much easier for sugar to damage your teeth. This can lead to cavities, which makes your teeth vulnerable to more damage. Similarly, if your enamel is damaged, your nerves will be exposed and your teeth will be more sensitive to temperature.
If you are interested in learning more, please feel free to contact Smiles Dental at 541.787.4733 soon. Dr. Dr. John Oliver and our team are eager to hear from you.