Citrus fruits: this one is obvious – lemons, oranges, grapefruit and other citrus contain a ton of acid, encouraging erosion.
Refined white starches: starchy foods like white bread and potato chips can be damaging because the carbohydrates get converted to sugars when mixed with the saliva in your mouth. These starches then become sticky and hang around with you way after you eat them, eating away at your teeth.
Alcoholic beverages: alcohol causes a decrease in natural saliva production. Saliva washes food particles and other harmful substances off of the teeth.
Coffee and tea: while it’s not happy news to the more than 80% of Americans who are coffee drinkers, tannic acids in coffee and some kinds of tea can wear away at enamel as well as cause staining.
How Can You Tell if You Have Enamel Damage?
There are multiple symptoms of tooth erosion and the earlier you catch it and consult your dental care provider, the better your chances of preventing further damage.
Discoloration – acidic and sugary foods eat away at the teeth, permitting stains to occur. So if you notice your teeth becoming discolored you may already have erosion.
Sensitivity – shooting pains when eating cold, hot, or sweet foods or drinks are one of the early signs of damage to teeth. These usually worsen with further wear. If sensitivity is a problem, your dentist may recommend a special toothpaste designed to decrease this issue.
Rounded edges – a rounded shape to teeth is evidence of progressing erosion.
Transparency – if the edges of teeth have an opaque appearance, there may be enamel wear.
What can you do if you’re already experiencing symptoms of damage to your teeth? The best thing to do is take steps to stop the problem and prevent further weakening of your teeth’s protective outer shell.