Soda, Candy, Sugar, Fruits, Alcohol, Pasta Dishes....whatever your favorite food it, sometimes it just doesn't love you back! Often, our favorite foods can cause an overabundant amount of acid, creating heartburn symptoms that must be dealt with. Unfortunately, the antacids that we often turn to can actually do damage to your smile.
Antacids Could Cause Tooth Decay and Gum Disease....
Often, antacids are flavored to make them easier to take. However, they are also full of sugar, which can get stuck in the grooves of your teeth. When the sugar lies on your teeth for long periods of time, your risk for decay is increased.
There is also a risk of dry mouth when one uses antacids. Saliva aids us in washing away food and particles from our teeth and to help neutralize the acid produced by plaque. When you produce less saliva, you take away this important role. This could lead to gum disease and tooth decay.
Antacids Could Mean Weaker Teeth....
We all know that our stomach needs acid in order to digest our food. If you are someone who needs to take antacids often, or in high doses; your body can try to overcompensate by producing even more acid than normal. It's a vicious cycle - produce more acid, take more antacids, etc... What many people don't know is that when antacids try to block acid from being produced, they also limit the absorption of calcium and protein from your foods. Both of these elements are important for the strength of your teeth and jaw.
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