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Ever wonder where the expression “pearly whites” comes from? It refers to the enamel on your teeth. Your tooth enamel is the hardest substance in your body. It has to be to take the punishment that comes from biting, chewing and eating. But as tough as it is, your enamel can be damaged, and once it’s gone, it’s gone. Enamel does not grow back or replace itself.

One of the fastest ways to wear away the enamel on your teeth is through acid erosion. Acids can be found in the things we eat and drink and can be formed by the reaction of the plaque to the sugar in your diet. So, protecting your enamel means keeping an eye your menu.

Soft drinks, sports drinks and in particular energy drinks are often high in acid and in sugar. If you consume them on a regular basis, you can damage your tooth enamel. Having an energy drink when you are playing sports, working out or exerting yourself is fine now and then, but the best drink for healthy teeth and a healthy body really is water. Citrus fruits and fruit juices are not only tasty, but also very healthy, so by all means, add them to your menu. But along with all of those vitamins, citrus also has acid, and when you enjoy those things, you should have a glass of water along with them.

If you have been diagnosed with acid reflux, you need to remember that your stomach acid will end up in your mouth from time to time. If you experience morning sickness when pregnant, you will also have to deal with stomach acids. If those acids come into contact with your teeth, you should rinse your mouth with a mixture of water and teaspoon of baking soda. Then wait thirty minutes to give your saliva time to neutralize and rinse away the acid, and then brush your teeth.

If you have questions about taking care of your teeth, or if it is time for your cleaning and exam, we would love to see you! If you live in the Riverdale, New York, area, you can make an appointment at Riverdale Oral Health and Implant Center to visit with our dentists, Dr. Adler and Dr. Berson, by calling 718-548-3353 today.