Potholes In Your Teeth Can Be Worse Than Those On Your Streets
Potholes in your teeth can form as the result of grinding or bruxing on softened teeth. Potholes in your teeth are accelerated if you frequently enjoy eat acidic foods or are an extreme lemon water consumer. I recommend juice from no more than 1/8 of a lemon to a 12oz. glass of water. And even then lemon water should be finished within a few minutes and then a plain water rinse should follow.
Citrus Fruits Are Loaded With Damaging Acids
All citrus fruits such as lemons, limes, oranges and grapefruits contain high levels of citric acid, upwards of 8%. Citric acid is an interesting acid in that it has 3 carboxylic acid groups. In plain English it means that it is much harder to neutralize citric acid than many other food acids. Your natural saliva buffers will not protect you from tooth softening when you are eating citrus fruits frequently. Sipping lemon water from a travel container for hours at a time is also very destructive to your teeth.
All Acids Will Soften Your Teeth
Teeth exposed to any acid will soften. Add a grinding or bruxing habit and you will see accelerated wear on the biting surfaces. Use a stiff bristle tooth brush after this softening and wear goes up again. Add a “whitening” tooth paste with lots of grit (a high Relative Dentin Abrasivity number) and your teeth will become more sensitive and will experience softening at the gum line as well.
Baking Soda To The Rescue
Plain baking soda has a very low Relative Dentin Abrasivity number of 7. And baking soda neutralizes acids very effectively. You could rinse with a solution of 1/2 tsp. of baking soda to 8oz. of water after eating citrus fruits and better yet, also floss out the acidic pulp stuck between your teeth. That will minimize the acid softening between the teeth that can lead to cavities between your teeth.
Acid softening leading to potholes can also come about from vomiting which washes very strong stomach acid over the teeth. The repeated vomiting associated with bulimia or severe alcohol abuse can lead to teeth virtually melting all the way down to the gumline. I’ve seen it, and it isn’t pretty. If the vomiting stops it may be possible to repair the damage.
Pothole Repair Is Important
Back to the small potholes in your teeth. If they are recognized early they are relatively easy to repair. If they are recognized late they can be much more costly to remedy.
Your teeth were designed to last a lifetime. Call us right away if you think you are suffering from potholes in your teeth. We will let you know what your options are and of course will inform you of the the investment necessary to have a good result.