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Acid Overload On Your Teeth

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Any foods naturally contain acids like Vitamin C, which if consumed in moderation are good for you and which can cause enamel erosion only if consumed excessively – something that is in your control. However, our modern, consumer-based lifestyle has created another hidden epidemic of acid erosion.

Preservatives like Benzoic Acid and its salt forms, Sodium Benzoate and Potassium Benzoate have been added by manufacturers to prolong shelf life. Apparently one acid is not enough. Others which can do significant harm to tooth enamel are commonly added to magnify Benzoic Acid’s preservative power. When combined with high sugar content, your teeth – and body – receive a double-dose-acid-attack.

These synthetic “acid bombs” can dramatically over-tax your body’s natural alkaline reserves and create a condition known as chronic acidosis. Harmful effects include leaching of minerals from organs and bones, kidney stones, diminished capacity to digest food, increased cellular ageing, diabetes, chronic fatigue, and chronic weight-gain.

How Common Is Acid Erosion 

Depending on your diet and health routine, acid erosion can be very common. Some common negative effects of acid erosion are weakened enamel and decline in dental health. One of the reasons this is so common can be tied back to acids found in food and beverages. For example, even water has varying levels of acidity. View the video below for more information! 

Preservatives are used in some toothpastes and mouthwashes and commonly in items like jams, tomato sauces, salad dressing, juices, pickles, soft cheeses, ice cream, soft drinks, wine coolers and candies. Now that you know, you can choose moderation and avoid candy, sodas, sports drinks, and vitamin waters. You can also rinse your mouth after acid exposure, dilute acidic juices, and drink water.

How To Help Acid Erosion

If you’ve already lost teeth enamel, make an appointment and let’s talk about your options for the restoration and preservation of your smile.

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