While tooth enamel is the hardest element in your body, it is susceptible to wear and tear just like any other part of the body. Some foods and beverages that passes through our mouth are more corrosive to enamel than are others. For instance, though fruit and fruit juice are good for us in some ways, those that contain citric acid, like oranges, lemons, and grapefruits, are potentially damaging to teeth enamel. You should also consume carbonated drinks in moderation. In addition, you even also need to be careful about the toothpaste you use. You should avoid toothpastes with abrasives in them, like charcoal toothpastes, even though they may be marketed as tooth-whitening, stain-removing marvels.
Here are some other things to consider: Chewable tablets, like those for vitamin C, aspirin, or iron, can be corrosive, as can be repeated vomiting from alcoholism or bulimia. Refluxed gastric acid from a hiatal hernia or some other medical condition is also damaging to teeth.
So, if you are concerned about enamel erosion, you should minimize contact with teeth when drinking acidic juices. Use a straw, for instance. And with medicines or supplements that can be corrosive, take them in a solid form that you can swallow immediately. Talk with your dentist about other ways to protect the enamel on your teeth.
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