13 Most Acidic Fruit

Post by: Gerarda on 21 Nov 2022

Tooth enamel is the outer layer of a tooth and is hard, shiny and white. While it is the hardest substance in the body, even stronger than bone, it is still fragile. Enamel is just a thin layer of minerals that cover the tissue inside the tooth, therefore, it needs proper care.

When enamel, that first layer of defense is worn away from a tooth, it exposes the underlying dentin that is yellowish in color. This is called enamel erosion. This erosion can cause tooth sensitivity, pain, discoloration, indentations in teeth and fractured teeth.

There are many causes of erosion in teeth, but the main culprits of erosion are acidic foods, drinks and bodily fluids – saliva. As teeth enamel erodes it becomes thinner which allows the yellower dentin that lies below the enamel to be more visible through the enamel.

You can stop further damage if it hasn´t already broken through to the layer of dentin by eliminating the foods that caused the erosion in the first place. Even though tooth enamel is very strong, as it doesn´t have any living cells, it is unable to repair itself once it is damaged so you may need tooth bonding or for more severe erosion, a crown or a veneer.

There are many causes of tooth erosion, but as fruit is consumed in such high amounts on a daily basis, below are the 13 most acidic fruits.

  • Lemon Juice
  • Limes
  • Blue Plums
  • Grapes
  • Pomegranates
  • Grapefruits
  • Blueberries
  • Pineapples
  • Apples
  • Peaches
  • Apricots
  • Oranges
  • Tomatoes

Prevent Enamel Erosion

  • Eat cheese after eating fruit as it raises the pH levels in your mouth and increases saliva production.
  • Avoid sucking on lemons or any highly acidic fruit.
  • Use a straw when drinking fruit juices as it keeps the juice from coming in contact with your teeth.
  • Rinse your mouth with water after eating fruit to dilute the acids and wait for 30 minutes to brush to give the dentin time to resettle.
  • Brush with fluoride toothpaste.

Visit your dentist regularly to discuss ways to maintain a healthy smile. Practice good oral hygiene.

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Posted on Monday 21st November 2022 at 3:47 pm

The Benefits of Dental Implants

Post by: Gerarda on 02 Nov 2022

Dental implants are an effective way to replace missing or damaged teeth. They are small, titanium screws / fixtures that are surgically placed into the jawbone to serve as the base for replacement teeth.

There are many benefits to choosing dental implants over other tooth replacement options, such as bridges or dentures.

Improved appearance: One of the main benefits of dental implants is that they look and function just like natural teeth. They are designed to blend in seamlessly with your existing teeth, so no one will be able to tell that you have a replacement tooth. This means that you can eat, speak, and smile with confidence, without worrying about your replacement tooth looking or feeling unnatural.

Better function: In addition to providing a strong foundation for replacement teeth, dental implants also help to preserve the jawbone. When a tooth is missing, the jawbone in that area begins to deteriorate, which can lead to a sunken-in appearance of the face and the loss of other teeth. Dental implants stimulate the jawbone, preventing further deterioration and maintaining the natural shape of the face.

Increased durability: Dental implants are extremely durable and long-lasting. With proper care, dental implants last a lifetime, making them a cost-effective option in the long run.

Convenience: Dental implants are also very easy to care for. They are cleaned just like natural teeth, with regular brushing and flossing. There is no need for special cleaning solutions or procedures, as is the case with dentures.

Better oral health: Dental implants do not require abutment teeth being used as in the case of a tooth-supported bridge. Because individual implants can replace single teeth, there is no need to use healthy teeth to serve as anchors on either side of the bridge for support. Dental implants can be used both to support a bridge or a denture.

Dental implants are a great option for anyone looking to replace missing or damaged teeth. They offer many benefits, such as being natural looking and functioning as replacement teeth. They are durable, preserve the jawbone, have easy maintenance, and are a good treatment choice. If you are considering a tooth replacement option, be sure to book a dental appointment to see if dental implants are the right choice for you.