We at Nashville Restorative Dentistry know that many of you in Franklin, Nashville, Middle Tennessee, and beyond are aware that sugary drinks and foods can be bad for your teeth and overall health. However, people often don’t realize how bad “diet” or “sugar-free” drinks that are still highly acidic can actually be. These often overlooked sources of acids can cause significant damage to tooth enamel and also harm the rest of your body (even though you are trying to make the healthier choice!).
Oral bacteria use the sugars we consume as their fuel and release acids as a byproduct or waste. This creates a destructive process responsible for progressive enamel erosion, leading to tooth decay (cavities or holes in the surfaces of the teeth).
Diets that are overly high in acid create destructive imbalances in the mouth, making the oral environment overly acidic (low pH). “Tooth-friendly” products must have a pH as close to neutral (7.0 or higher) as possible.
Unlike acidic foods, beverages can “bathe” all tooth surfaces and wreak havoc, gradually softening and eroding the protective enamel. We encourage you to limit the following beverages that are high in dietary acids:
We further encourage the following healthy behaviors to support a healthy, happy mouth:
We can also guide you on trusted products and techniques ranging from special kinds of toothpaste, gels, and rinses to help protect your teeth and manage threats from acids and sugars.
We can even discuss professional preventative services to remineralize tooth structure and its natural “armor.” Call our Franklin, TN office today at (615) 640-8494 .
Issue: Two badly infected and broken upper front teeth as well as poor alignment of his teeth overall.
Solution: Through a process involving extractions, bone grafting, and braces we were able to achieve a healthy, infection free point which allowed dental implants to be placed and utilized to replace the two missing front teeth.