Is Your Diet Having A Negative Effect On Your Enamel?

The incredible strength of our enamel helps to keep our teeth in good condition over the years. Keeping your enamel healthy will help you avoid troubles with cavities, and enjoy better general dental care. While enamel may be durable, it is not an indestructible material. Patients who suffer enamel erosion will be more likely to suffer cavities, and may even have issues with the color of your smile. While we can lose layers of enamel over time due to natural wear and tear, your diet may be making the material weaker. While people are typically familiar with how sugary items can hurt their oral health, the threat of acidic foods and drinks can be overlooked. 

Acidic Foods And Beverages Can Increase Your Cavity Risk

Oral bacteria that gather on your teeth will consume sugars, and release acids as a result. Cavities form when those acids create damage to your enamel that will need restorative dental treatment. However, you should also worry about the impact of acidic items. Acids can soften your enamel, which will make you more vulnerable to the damage done by oral bacteria. Soft drinks, juices, spicy foods and citrus fruits can all make it harder for you to keep your smile healthy.

Other Habits That Can Affect The Condition Of Your Teeth

Your diet is not the only thing you should worry about when you think about protecting your oral health. Poor brushing and flossing habits will leave your teeth under attack from oral bacteria. You can also harm your teeth if you suffer from bruxism. This habit, which tends to see people grind their teeth while they sleep, can lead to wear and tear, and may potentially lead to serious dental damage.

Modern Dentistry Of Shrewsbury Can Help You Protect Your Enamel

At Modern Dentistry of Shrewsbury, you can receive valuable care for your smile. In addition to preventing oral health troubles, our practice can perform the appropriate treatment to restore your smile after you have developed dental issues. Contact us to schedule an appointment with Dr. Pizzi, Dr. Mehdi, and colleagues by calling our office at (508) 842-8838. Located in Shrewsbury, MA, we proudly welcome patients from Worcester, North and South Grafton, Westborough, Southborough, Northborough, Boylston, Hopkinton, Millbury, and all surrounding communities.