Can acidic foods damage your teeth? We do know that harmful sugars in foods and drinks can be converted into acids that damage tooth enamel. It’s also often wondered if substances with low pH can have the same damaging effect to your tooth enamel. The answer is, yes! Acidic foods can damage your teeth.
The best method to lower your risk for tooth enamel loss and tooth decay is to avoid acidic foods entirely. Such foods include citrus fruits, soft drinks, sour candy, juices, and alcoholic drinks, and many others.
The better your diet is, the better your mouth and body will look and feel. Of course, there are many instructions on what is the “best” diet choice; aim for balance and health specific to your needs. Just remember to include your oral health in your decision making!
Another option in the battle against tooth decay is to never eat acidic foods alone as a snack. If you must enjoy an acidic treat, include it in a larger meal to help neutralize the effects of the acids. Drinking plenty of water is also a good idea!
Another way to neutralize acids is with your body’s natural defence: saliva. Saliva can wash away harmful bacteria and plaque buildup, as well as the acids present in foods. By chewing sugarless gum after meals, you can help promote the creation of excess saliva in your mouth and lower your risk of cavities. Sugared gum should be avoided, as the sugars present in the gum feed the bacteria that cause tooth decay.
If you are interested in a professional cleaning from Copenhaver Dental at our dentist office in Richmond Hill, Georgia, call us as 912-756-2936. Dr. Philip Copenhaver and our team want to ensure your teeth stay happy for a lifetime to come.