As the holidays roll around once again those sneaky sugary treats and acids tend to feature more prominently in many diets. While it’s not a bad thing to enjoy these tasty treats in moderation, it is also a great opportunity to discuss how you can help reduce acidity in your mouth. What is pH When describing the level of acidity in a substance, a scale of 0 to 14 is used. Zero represents the most acidic while 14 represents the most alkaline. The middle of the scale at 7 is the equal balance between the two and is where pure water resides on the scale. Why is pH Important As we touch on in our blog How Acids Impact Your Teeth, the enamel, which is the outer most protective shield for your teeth, can become damaged by too much exposure to acids. Think of it in these terms, when an acidic food or beverage is consumed the pH in your mouth is tipped. This imbalance then creates demineralization of the enamel which can create long-term damage. Types of Foods That Are Highly Acidic Acidity or the pH of a food can vary, and the higher the acid content the worse...
With the holidays in full swing we thought we’d compile our list of the top gifts you can give to your kids that will help encourage good oral health all year long. 1. A New Toothbrush – of course this might seem like an obvious choice, but with the wide variety of fun colors and patterns out there it can be a great way to encourage kids to be excited about their nightly routine. 2. Flavored Toothpaste and Floss – if you have trouble motivating your younger family members, or maybe even your older family members, to floss and brush then invest in some fun flavors. Maybe just the idea of trying something new will make the conversation about twice daily brushing less of a fight. 3. Sugar-free Gum – it seems like candy is available in mass quantities during the last quarter of the year. Between Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the plethora of year end celebrations candy jars appear everywhere. Try offering up gum as an alternative. Gum not only encourages saliva production but it might combat the tendency to grab at the sugary stuff. 4. Brightly color toothbrush case – great for traveling or for sleepovers at Grandma’s house,...