CAN EATING TOO MANY FRUITS HARM YOUR TEETH?
Increased fruit consumption when not properly managed can cause harm to your teeth. Fruits are generally healthy and sweet. They are rich in vitamins and as a result have numerous health benefits on the body. Despite the general body benefits, fruits can also potentially harm the teeth.
Understanding why fruits can harm your teeth
Some fruits are naturally very acidic. Acidity has negative effects on the teeth, it’s surrounding enamel and the gums. The tooth’s enamel is very tough and strong. It’s natural physiology enables it to withstand denudation and erosion. When exposed to acidity over a long time, this ruggedness gradually disappears. Pathologies such as discoloration and softness might be the result. Other parts of the teeth such as the root, crown, neck and cementum are not left out, even though they are located further inside. They are protected by the enamel, which is a shell-like covering of the exterior portion of the teeth.
Effects of sugar
Fruits contain a large amount of sugar, albeit in natural forms. There are sucrose, glucose and fructose all found in sugar. Hence, in situations where poor oral hygiene is practiced, bacteria then has the medium to attack the enamel. It should be noted that despite the strength and ruggedness of the enamel, it is incapable of regenerating. This makes tooth decay very delicate, because once it produces damage on your enamel, it can not be repaired or reversed.
It is not enough to just know that fruits are acidic. Knowledge of fruits with high acidity can help you make consumption adjustments. This is because when they are consumed in large quantities, they can cause damage to the teeth. Increased consumption plays a greater role, especially when the fruits are taken at night without brushing before going to sleep.
Some examples of highly acidic fruits include lime, lemon, cranberry, plums and grapes. Examples of moderately acidic fruits include pineapple, blueberry, grapefruit and pomegranate.
Tips on maintaining healthy teeth
Maintain proper hygiene
Always ensure that you brush your teeth, twice daily. This reduces the harmful effects of bacteria and furthermore prevents mouth odor. Always use products approved by regulatory companies. Approved products have been tested and contain necessary minerals needed for the maintenance of healthy teeth.
Some examples of these products include mouthwashes, approved toothpastes, and powders.
Reduce intake of highly acidic fruits
Although observing proper hygiene can help to keep your teeth healthy, excessive intake of acidic fruits can still cause harm to your teeth. Intake of acidic fruits should be reduced to the bare minimum. Consume less acidic fruits, and rinse your mouth with water immediately after consumption.
Visit your dentist for periodic checkups
Always examine your teeth for signs of tooth decay, pain, erosion and denudation. Visit a dentist when you notice any unwanted changes. Do not try to treat yourself, as this might complicate things. A qualified dentist can easily figure out the problem, while recommending the best possible treatment.
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