The Denta-Med pH Neutralising Mouthwash is a delicately flavoured, great tasting mouthwash. Professionally developed by a dentist to lower high oral acid levels in the mouth.
By reducing high pH levels helps to prevent damaging enamel erosion. Denta-Med pH Neutralising Mouthwash has a great taste, contains sodium bicarbonate (which is a well known ingredient to help lower high oral acid levels) and can be used as frequently as required.
The purpose of using Denta-Med pH Neutralising Mouthwash is to provide people at risk of high oral acid levels (by drinking sugary drinks, eating food with a naturally high pH) and also those undergoing some medical therapies whereby they may have been advised to use a sodium bi-carbonate mouthwash (usually prepared at home) however the taste is not all that appealing. Denta-Med pH Neutralising Mouthwash provides a great tasting alternative for short term or longer term use.
Denta-Med pH Neutralising Mouthwash 250mL Bottle
Before brushing teeth, rinse out the mouth with approximately 20mL of Denta-Med pH Neutralising Mouthwash. Also rinse after consuming food and drinks with high pH (acid) to protect from enamel erosion. Spit out after use. Do not swallow. Do not use if foil safety seal is missing or damaged. Safe to use as frequently as required. Does not contain sugar. Made in Australia.
Credit; BBC, Trust Me I'm A Doctor, https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/3W9dH2gqbDKz7W1cZqvSw7G/how-can-i-protect-my-teeth-from-acid-damage
We all know that sugary drinks and snacks can cause tooth decay. That knowledge has led to better habits and a fall in the rates of decay. But recent evidence suggests that another problem is now on the rise: tooth erosion.
Tooth erosion, or erosive tooth wear, is when our teeth become damaged by the acid that is found in certain foods and drinks.
Our teeth are made up of two layers:
The enamel - a mineralised tissue and the strongest tissue in your body. Unlike bone, enamel cannot regenerate because it does not contain any living cells
Dentine – this is the second hardest tissue in the body and sits underneath the enamel.
Unlike tooth decay, which causes holes (or cavities) to develop in our tooth enamel, tooth erosion strips away the whole surface. In serious cases this loss of enamel can expose the dentine underneath, causing hypersensitivity, pain, poor aesthetics and decreased quality of life.
Surprisingly, some of the acidic foods and drinks that can cause this damage are things that we would usually consider to be healthy such as fruit, fruit-flavoured water and fruit teas.
We wanted to see just how acidic our mouth gets when we drink fruit tea, so Dr Alain Gregoire met Dr Saoirse O’Toole at King’s College London to carry out a series of tests.
The resting pH in Alain’s mouth was tested using a pH probe and was found to be around 6.5, which is close to a neutral reading of 7. Then Alain drank a cup of fruit tea in different ways – he took small sips, he held it in his mouth for a few seconds, and finally he tried swishing it around.
Sipping normally Sip and holding Sip and swishing pH of 5.6 after drinking pH of 3.2 after drinking pH of 3 after of drinking About 1 minute to return to neutral About 2-3 minutes to return to neutral About 8 minutes to return to neutral
When Alain swished the tea around his mouth, the pH reading was lower (more acidic), and it took around 5 minutes longer for it to return to neutral – meaning that the acid had an additional 5 minutes to erode away at his tooth enamel.
A recent study run by Saoirse looked at the damage caused to teeth from acid food groups, especially fruit teas. The study showed that those who had two acidic drinks twice a day between meals were over 11 times more likely to have moderate or severe tooth erosion.
Foods that can cause tooth erosion
Acidic foods and drinks cause tooth erosion. Most fruits are acidic, with some being more so than others. For example, citrus fruits are higher in acidity than bananas and peaches. Other acidic foods include:
- Fruit squash
- Water flavoured with fruit – e.g. adding a slice of lemon to your water
- Flavoured teas, including berry tea, rosehip and ginger and lemon.
- Vinegars and pickles (especially apple cider vinegar)
- Soft drinks
The problem is that many of these food and drinks are good for us! But there are things we can do when we consume them to lower our risk of tooth erosion.
- Have acidic foods and drinks with meals, rather than in-between them. This will halve your risk of erosive tooth wear. The rest of the meal acts as a buffer against the acidity, reducing the strength of the acid and decreasing the erosion of the enamel.
- Foods containing calcium can help neutralise the acid in your mouth – so try having some cheese, yoghurt or milk at the end of your meal.
- Chewing sugar-free gum can increase the saliva in your mouth which helps to protect your teeth.
- Try switching from fruit tea to herbal tea.
- Try flavouring your water with cucumber, mint or rosemary instead of with citrus fruit.