Foods and Drinks High in Sugars and Citric Acids Can Cause Damage
Some huge benefactors to tooth decay and staining are foods and drinks high in sugars and citric acids.
Tooth decay is caused by bacteria in the mouth using sugar from foods and drinks to produce acids that dissolve and damage the teeth. Sugar-sweetened beverages have high levels of sugar and drinking these can significantly contribute to tooth decay.
Regular and ‘diet’ soft drinks, sports drinks, energy drinks, fruit juices, fruit drinks and cordials also have high acid levels that can cause tooth erosion.
Tooth erosion occurs when acid attacks the teeth to dissolve the outer surface of tooth enamel. Regular loss of enamel can lead to cavities and exposure of the inner layers of the tooth that may become sensitive and painful.
Each acid attack lasts for around 20 minutes.
Every time you take a sip of the drink, the acid damage begins all over again. Limiting or eliminating these from kid’s diets is a good way to help preserve enamel and keep teeth white.
For kids, this may be hard, but reducing the amount of soda and other acidic foods and drinks is in their long-term dental health interest.
Keeping the amount of sugars and acids in their diet to a low will help preserve enamel and keep teeth whiter.