Are you harming your teeth without even knowing it? Cosmetic dentist Clint Newman joins The Doctors to share the everyday things we all consume that causes damage to our pearly whites.
ER physician Dr. Travis Stork shares how our oral health can effect our overall health. There have been lots of studies over the years linking our oral health to diabetes and heart health. But is something as simple as your love affair with coffee and beer putting you at risk?
Most people don’t know how acidic the drinks they enjoy are – or what it’s actually doing to their teeth. Dr. Newman stresses that a cidic drinks like juice, diet sodas, and sports drinks are slowly eroding your teeth. He says, "the acid is just pulling the calcium out of the teeth and eroding the teeth."
You start losing enamel when you consume anything with a 5.5 ph level or lower. And most beverages we consume - even sparkling water - is below that number. So how can we protect our teeth?
Dr. Newman recommends waiting at least an hour to brush your teeth after you've had an acidic meal. If you don't want to wait you can take water and swish it around in your mouth for 10 seconds – that will help neutralize it. Also don’t underestimate your salivary glands. Your saliva will wash out and neutralize the acid, so you can even chew sugar-free gum to activate the glands and get the ball rolling.
So next time you grab that coffee, beer, or diet soda, remember to think about your teeth and how to protect your enamel.