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Is Your Smile Under Attack? Gainesville, GA
Dental Patient Gainesville, GA

Did you know that the same corrosive substance that dissolves metal could be attacking your teeth right now? While there are different types of acids that exist, they can all do some level of damage to the structures they come in contact with. When it comes to your mouth, the acids you consume from certain foods and beverages can do plenty of harm.

Your teeth are remarkably strong. In fact, they are the strongest substance in your entire body. Unfortunately, they are not invincible, especially when it comes to acid erosion over time. This refers to a gradual weakening or “eating away” of your tooth enamel over time due to acids. Most people experience an acidic oral environment when they repeatedly consume foods or drinks with a low (acidic) pH.

Why is enamel erosion so bad? We need that outer layer of our tooth for protection. Without a strong enamel, your inner tooth layers and tooth pulp are subject to bacteria invasion. This can lead to decay, infection, sensitivity, cracking and discoloration within a tooth. So there’s a lot at stake when it comes to retaining your tooth enamel.

Now that you understand the serious impact of acids eroding your teeth, it is time to take steps to prevent it. This means knowing which foods and drinks are the culprits to enamel erosion. According to, there is net loss of enamel from the teeth when pH is at 5.5 or lower. This is referred to as the “critical pH.” The following items are most known for their enamel eroding qualities:

  • Carbonated beverages
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Citrus fruits
  • Pickled vegetables
  • Tomatoes

Keep in mind that once your enamel is gone, it does not grow back. Therefore, it is imperative that you take measures to protect your smile from acids whenever possible.

What You Can Do to Prevent Acid Erosion

The most important and most obvious step you can take to protect your teeth from erosion is limiting or avoiding consumption of highly acidic foods and beverages. However, if you simply can’t skip your morning cup of coffee, there are other ways to help protect your teeth:

  • Drink carbonated or acidic beverages with a straw
  • Drink acidic drinks in one sitting instead of slowly sipping it throughout the day
  • Rinse the mouth out with water after consumption of a highly acidic food or beverage
  • Ask your dentist extra fluoride application for your teeth
  • Wait 1 hour to brush your teeth after consuming acidic foods or beverages.

If you are experiencing symptoms of enamel erosion on your teeth, schedule an appointment at Gainesville Dental Group. We consider it our job and privilege to keep your smile healthy and strong through all stages of life.

Posted on behalf of Gainesville Dental Group

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Bev M.

Very happy with the staff at Gainesville Dental Group. The doctors are caring and experienced. I never am left in the waiting room. The hygienist always ask thorough questions and report to the doctor before the exam, saving me from having to repeat everything. Highly recommend.

Dennis C.

I came to Gainesville Dental Group with a crown that was in bad shape and painful. Dr. Vetter was very knowledgeable about what needed to be done and went to great lengths to ensure the treatment to resolve the problem was in my best interest. He and assistant Sarah Riley were very professional yet personable. They worked together seamlessly in a manner that put me at ease and were very focused on fixing the tooth. Any physical discomfort was minimal and both Dr. Vetter and Sarah were encouraging and positive. A very good experience.

Sarah R.

I come to Gainesville Dental Group for my routine cleanings and absolutely love it! It’s very clean and I love how up to date they are with digital X-rays and photos of the teeth. I had to have a filling and they were able to point out on the screen where my cavity was on the X-ray. It’s much easier getting the work done when you have an understanding of what the doctor is doing! Dr. Vetter did my filling and the whole procedure was pain free! I can’t say enough good things about this group!

Linda H.

Dr. Gannon and Hannah were great. They talked me thru my procedure and made sure I was comfortable and pain free. The office was friendly and pleasant. My hubby and son have used them and liked them. I've found a new dentist! Thank You GDG.

Candace C.

Since I started my orthodontic treatment fifteen months ago, the staff at Gainesville Dental Group have been exceptional. Dr. Vetter is so kind and energetic and Kim puts you at ease while she works miracles! I am thrilled at my results and that they worked within my timeframe. I gladly recommend The Gainesville Dental Group for a personalized experience. Thank you!

Kayla B.

The whole office staff is amazing! Super friendly and helpful. Dr. Gannon has always been very nice and does great work! My husband sees Dr. Vetter and has only good things to say as well. I highly recommend this office!

Lorrie M.

This is by far the best dental group I have been to in a long time. The staff is wonderful and caring. From the front office to the Dentists are a class act. Very kind and explain step by step. High quality work. Don't plan on going anywhere else. My husband has had the same experience. Do yourself a favor and check them out. Tell them Lorrie sent you

Bruce Y.

Great dental visit! Went in for annual cleaning and x-rays. Donna did an awesome job and pointed out a potential issue which she brought up to the doctor who concurred. It was an excellent visit. Thank you to the "team" @ Gainesville Dental Group.

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1026 Thompson Bridge Road
Gainesville GA, 30501

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