Can fruit give me sensitive teeth? By Jatin Desai

Can fruit give me sensitive teeth? By Jatin Desai

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Have you sensitive teeth? it could be from too much fruit 

It’s a healthy snack and there is little evidence that fruit causes problems with your teeth unless consumed excessively. As fresh fruit appears to have low ability to promote decay and even citrus fruits have not been found to cause tooth decay ….

Fruit is healthy. Well that’s what I thought..

 A few years ago, I attended a retreat which focused on wellbeing, mindfulness and the cleansing of the body. During this time I discovered my excessive consumption of caffeine could be causing me undue harm.

It was time change my habits and turn to a healthy drink – hot water with a squeeze of lemon. Healthy yes? No. I was unaware of how much constant acid attack my teeth were exposed to and the level of damage citric acid could do to the sides of my teeth. As a result and within a few months I suffered severe tooth erosion and ended up with 6 gold crowns.

What is dental acid erosion?

Dental erosion is a progressive irreversible loss of tooth structure that is chemically etched (dissolved) away from the tooth surface by acid. This action does not involve bacteria. It is often associated with overzealous oral hygiene and grinding habits or by the over ingestion of acids such as citric, phosphoric or ascorbic found often in fruit juices, soft drinks and many fruits.

I have seen in recent years an ever-increasing problem with patients suffering from this type of erosion. This is largely due to increased drinking of acidic beverages coupled with overenthusiastic brushing afterwards which accelerates the removal of the softened enamel.

Don’t make the same mistake as me – neutralise acid attack before brushing away your enamel.

To minimise erosion limit the amount and frequency of soft drinks and juices. Wait for 30 minutes before brushing your teeth giving your mouth time to neutralize.

Eat Cheese: consuming cheese following a sugary snack virtually abolishes the increase in acidity. Cheese stimulates saliva and is rich in calcium influencing the balance of re-calcifying teeth.

Chew Gum: Mechanically stimulate your saliva by chewing Sugar free gum that contain sorbitol and xylitol as it helps the mouth to produce more saliva, which is the mouth’s natural defense against acid.

Finally, Looking after your teeth is important if you want them to last a lifetime! At Gipsy Lane Advanced Dental Care we’ll help you to look good, feel great and keep your teeth for life.

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