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Mayo clinic warns of danger from acidic foods and drinks
Updated: 2/18/2008 3:48:47 PM

The Mayo Clinic Health Letter for February has warned that in addition to sugar found in drinks and foods, acids found in diet and regular soda, energy drinks, juice and wine can eat away at the tooth's enamel.

The latest issue recommended that people who consume these types of drinks follow several tips to reduce their exposure to tooth and enamel decay.

By timing the consumption of these beverages in line with meals, people of all ages can reduce how much acids come in contact with their teeth, while acidic foods and beverages will enact the most damage to teeth before bedtime, when acid-fighting saliva in the mouth decreases during sleep.

The timing of brushing teeth can also help reduce acidic impact, as brushing teeth with fluoride toothpaste 30 minutes before eating or drinking acidic products is beneficial, while brushing immediately afterward is not recommended.

Other helpful tips include chewing sugar-free gum, which stimulates the production of saliva in the mouth that will further fight acids on the teeth, while using a straw for beverages can help reduce the amount of acids that touch the teeth.

Eating cheese or washing with water or a fluoride rinse also helps teeth after eating or drinking acidic items.


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