Acidic Foods to Avoid for Tooth Health
Acidic foods are great for digestive health but can wreak havoc on your tooth’s enamel. The truth is, frequent exposures to acidic foods can erode enamel, making teeth more susceptible to decay over time. A slice of lemon or lime is great for your metabolism but, it’s not always the best choice for your mouth. These foods can increase tooth sensitivity and make your mouth more prone to cavities. Citric fruits and juices can also irritate mouth sores. Make sure to drink plenty of plain water.
Here is a breakdown of the pH levels in some other foods with high acidity, some may surprise you.
- Lemon juice (pH: 2.00–2.60)
- Limes (pH: 2.00–2.80)
- Blue plums (pH: 2.80–3.40)
- Grapes (pH: 2.90–3.82)
- Pomegranates (pH: 2.93–3.20)
- Grapefruits (pH: 3.00–3.75)
- Blueberries (pH: 3.12–3.33)
- Pineapples (pH: 3.20–4.00)
- Apples (pH: 3.30–4.00)
- Peaches (pH: 3.30–4.05)
- Oranges (pH: 3.69–4.34)
- Tomatoes (pH: 4.30–4.90)
Acid wear may lead to serious dental problems. It is important to notice the signs of tooth erosion in its early stages (sensitivity and discoloration) before more severe damage occur, such as cracks, pain, and decay.
Sensitivity- As your teeth’s protective enamel wears away, you may feel a twinge of pain when you consume hot, cold or sweet food and drink. As more enamel is worn away, teeth become increasingly sensitive.
Discoloration- Teeth can become increasingly yellow as the thinning enamel layer exposes the underlying dentin.
Rounded teeth. Your teeth may have a rounded or “sand-blasted” look.
Transparency- Your front teeth may appear slightly translucent near the edges.
Cracks. Small cracks and roughness may appear at the edges of teeth.
Cupping. Small dents may appear on the chewing surface of the teeth, and fillings may appear to be rising up out of the tooth.
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