How acidic drinks are ruining your teeth

teeth health smile dentistExperts blame acidic foods for the increased rates of tooth decay. Dental erosion is whereby the enamel wears off, leaving your teeth discoloured and sensitive.

Key takeaways:

– Soft drinks, teas, sports drinks and fruit juices contain acids which erode the enamel.

– Soft drinks contain phosphoric acid, which is also used by dentists as a ‘sandpaper’before applying bonding agents.

– Most of these drinks also contain sugar that combines with plaque to excrete acids that wear out the enamel.

Rinse your mouth after drinking soft drinks and see the dentist for checkups.

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Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)

I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.

Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.

Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.

Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.

Special interest in Orthodontics.

Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.

I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.

Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).

I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.