Unknown effect of pH on oral Health
Saliva contains protective elements like calcium, phosphate and bicarbonate that help to maintain a near neutral oral pH and prevent breakdown of enamel. Lack of saliva lowers pH in the mouth and puts one at risk for tooth sensitivity, cavities, enamel erosion and infection. The pH level where enamel and dentin can begin to erode is referred to as critical pH. Enamel can begin to erode at a pH ranging from 5.5 - 5.7, while dentin’s critical pH is much higher at 6.0 - 6.9.
So how do we maintain a Neutral Oral Ph???
- Limit intake of acidic food and beverages.
- Use a straw to reduce exposure of acid to tooth structure.
- Don’t sip beverages over a long period of time. Each sip produces another acid attack.
- Avoid products sweetened with citric, maleic, and fumaric acid.
- Stick with oral care products near a neutral or slightly alkaline Ph.
- Treat dry mouth with over-the-counter or prescription products that promote a balanced oral pH.
- Drink water to stay hydrated and to rinse away acidic residue from food and drink.
- Practice good oral hygiene.
- Regular dental visits. Unrestored tooth decay creates an imbalance between healthy and harmful oral bacteria and promotes a low oral pH.
- Encourage remineralization of enamel with products that contain ingredients such as fluoride, calcium phosphate and xylitol.
So, choose your food wisely, have in mind about the Ph variations of the food before having them. Speak to our expert Dr. Roshan Rayen about your concern with food preference or any doubts. Book your appointment by calling us @ 9003879676.