You may think the biggest threat to your teeth is sugar, but the acid in foods can be equally devastating to your oral health. The fact that certain foods like citrus and tomatoes are healthy yet very acidic only complicates your dietary decision. Learn more about the acid in foods you eat and how it makes an impact on your oral health.
What Exactly Does Acid Do to My Teeth?
If you were to guess the effect acid has on your teeth, you’d probably be right. Acid is known as a corrosive that eats away at everything it touches, and the acid in food is no different. Some foods are acidic enough to bathe your teeth in acid with each bite, doing significant damage to your enamel. Acidic foods can cause the same type of damage that excessive sugar can cause, so it’s important to be mindful of these foods and maintain excellent oral care.
How Can I Mitigate Damage from Acidic Foods?
Avoiding acidic foods entirely is an unrealistic goal for most people, but moderation and consistent brushing can minimize the damage they cause. These tips may help reduce harm from acidic foods as well:
- Attend your dental appointments on time
- Use toothpaste and mouthwash that contain fluoride
- Drink water regularly – especially with your food
- Practice effective oral hygiene
- Combine non-acidic foods with acidic foods
List of the Most Acidic Types of Food
Knowing which foods are most acidic will help you know when it’s necessary to clean your teeth afterward or avoid those foods altogether. Fortunately, it’s easy to identify acidic foods by their general group, like citrus or meats for example. Here are some foods with the most acid:
- Citrus – Lemons, Oranges, Grapefruit
While those aren’t the only foods with high acid content, they are some of the most popular. Limiting foods that are acidic will go a long way towards maximizing your oral health.
Learn More About the Dangers of Acidic Food from Dr. Albers
Maintaining effective oral care at home is necessary for avoiding damage from acidic foods, but a visit to the dentist can make you aware of your oral health status. Only at your dentist’s office can we closely examine your unique condition, see where and if damage has occurred, and prescribe the exact treatment to fix your situation. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.