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How Acidic Food Can Impact Your Teeth Health

Every day we live our lives eating delicious food and occasionally indulging in something that’s not part of our daily eating habits which is great.

Most of the time we aren’t even thinking about the impact of what we eat does to our teeth until we are sitting in the dental chair with our dentist reviewing the health of our teeth.

Not only do what we eat and drink cause stains, teeth discoloration, and bad breath, but it can damage the enamel of our teeth. This causes our teeth to weaken by demineralizing your teeth dentin, increasing sensitivity and teeth pain.

However, did you know that acidic food can damage your teeth?

So today, we are going to talk about acidic food to eat less of, how to reduce dental erosion and preventive care tips to keep your teeth strong and healthy.

Acidic Food to Eat in Small Amounts

Although acidic food is healthy food us it can weaken your teeth, but if you drink some water to go along with it chances are your enamel won’t be damaged.

Here is some acidic food (low on the pH scale) that you should eat in smaller doses unless you drink a glass of water with it:

  • Pickles
  • Cranberries
  • Any type of tomato product (tomato sauce, ketchup, tomato paste, etc)
  • Oranges
  • Limes
  • Lemons
  • Grapefruits
  • Coffee
  • Alcohol especially wine

These food items may be no surprise to you because we probably eat them often in our diet.

How to Reduce Dental Erosion

Try pairing acidic foods with food that can be found higher on the pH scale because they are low in acidity.

Food that are low in acidity that you should incorporate into your daily eating habits:

  • Raw Nuts
  • Cheese
  • Oatmeal
  • Fresh fruit such as mangos, melons, bananas, apples
  • Eggs
  • Vegetables
  • Brown rice
  • Whole grains
  • Fish
  • Other lean proteins

These foods may actually help protect your tooth enamel and can give you an extra benefit with healthy nutritional value by providing the calcium and phosphorus needed to put minerals back is your teeth. Another great benefit is that these lower pH level food can neutralize acids in found in our acidic saliva.

4 Preventative Care Tips for Healthy and Strong Teeth

Not only is it important to brush and floss your teeth daily, but it is VERY important for you to get a thorough cleaning done twice a year. This plays an important role in maintaining your oral care and help you know if you have any early stages of dental erosion.

Your dentist can help you come up with a plan and see what foods in your diet are causing these issues.

It is important for you to keep your mouth moist and hydrated to help cleanse the mouth of these acids that can damage your teeth.

The American Dental Association (ADA) also recommends for you to use a fluoride rinse to help remineralize tooth enamel.

By following these four preventative care tips, it will help you keep your teeth healthy and strong and prevent dental erosion.