Sugar is not the only thing that can harm your teeth. In fact, there are plenty of other substances that slowly chip away at our smiles. One of the biggest offenders is acid. Maybe you have heard of acid erosion, but just in case you haven’t, Dr. Barry & Dr. Love want all Columbus residents to have the facts about how dietary choices affect our teeth. Read on to learn what causes sensitive teeth, what acid erosion is, and how to stop it from tarnishing your smile.
How does acid affect teeth?
Teeth are sturdy little nuggets of bone that do a great job of chewing our food, but they have their weaknesses. As we have discussed in other blogs, bacteria in the mouth feeds on sugars and starches from food and can cause problems. However, most Columbus folks don’t know that acidic foods are also harmful to teeth. Dr. Barry & Dr. Love explain that this is because acid attacks and dissolves enamel, which is the protective outer layer of your teeth.
Most of us in Columbus have experienced a toothache. At their mildest, toothaches may cause just enough discomfort to get on your nerves and disrupt your concentration, but at their worst, they can be debilitating. Because the pain feels like it’s coming from your tooth, it’s natural to assume that all toothaches are caused by cavities, gum disease or some other tooth-related problem. However, Dr. Richard Barry and Dr. Beth Love would like you to know that not all toothaches are related to your teeth.
Wait, what? Toothaches that have nothing to do with teeth? Yes– as anyone at Lifetime Dental Health will tell you –it is possible and it does happen. That being said, most toothaches are tooth-related.