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Protect Your Smile with Bonness Dentistry: Understanding Acidic Foods

Are you diligent about brushing your teeth after every snack or meal? While regular brushing is beneficial, rushing your oral hygiene routine might not be the best approach. It’s essential to understand how different types of food and drinks affect your teeth. Here’s what you need to know, brought to you by Bonness Dentistry.

The Dangers of Acidic Foods: Foods and drinks containing acids can be particularly harmful to your teeth. Acid wears away at the enamel, increasing your risk of decay.

What Foods Should I Watch Out For? Fruits like oranges, pineapples, and grapefruit contain acids that can damage enamel. Diet sodas, wines, and fruit juices like orange juice are equally harmful. Tomato-based products, pizza, salsa, soups, and sauces also contain acids.

But Does Brushing Help? Not necessarily. After consuming acidic products, your teeth are in a vulnerable state. Brushing immediately can drive acid deeper into your teeth, accelerating enamel breakdown.

When Should I Brush? Wait about 20 minutes after consuming acidic foods or drinks before brushing. During this time, saliva production increases, neutralizing acids and washing away bacteria. Drinking water, rinsing your mouth, or chewing sugarless gum can speed up acid neutralization.

Should I Always Wait to Brush? While waiting is crucial after consuming acidic foods, it’s not advisable after eating sticky, sugary foods. If you indulge in candy or taffy, clean your teeth promptly to prevent decay.

Should I Avoid Acidic Foods? Fruits and other acidic foods provide essential nutrients. While you don’t need to eliminate them, be mindful of their impact on your teeth. Maintain a daily oral hygiene routine, including regular flossing and at least two rounds of brushing for two minutes.

For more dental health tips or to schedule your next visit to Bonness Dentistry, please contact us. Protect your smile with Bonness Dentistry – your partners in dental health.

Bonness Dentistry
Phone: (812) 232-3263
1225 Ohio Street
Terra Haute, IN 47807