An Overview Of Dietary Acids And Dental Health
Acids in the foods and drinks you take affect your oral health. Below is an overview of dietary acids and dental health. How Acids Affect the Teeth Teeth enamel comprises different enamels, primarily calcium and phosphorus. Acids dissolve the minerals, thinning the enamel. Having thin enamel is dangerous since you need it to protect inner tooth structures. For example, thin enamel increases the risk of: Teeth injuries from accidents Dental infections due to bacterial attack Teeth discoloration by allowing different pigments to penetrate the teeth Discoloration due to exposure of the inner tooth structures, such as the dentin Hypersensitivity by allowing heat and cold to penetrate the teeth Dental cavities in extreme cases The initial teeth condition, the acid's pH (the degree of acidity), and the exposure duration determine the effects' extent.