Why Should I Avoid these Foods?
County Dental’s commitment to whole health care for Hudson Valley residents includes preventative dental care at home and during visits to one of our six offices. Avoiding acidic foods, on a daily basis, can be a challenge to prevent dental erosion. We have family cookouts and office get-togethers to attend on top of our daily food consumption schedule.
High levels of acid are in everyday foods and drinks
Healthy foods such as oranges, grapefruits, lemons and limes are acidic. Consuming acid foods with water will help prevent damage to your enamel.
Other foods to be aware of are pickles, cranberries, tomato products, coffee and wine.
Acids in foods and drinks cause tooth enamel to wear away. Teeth can become discolored and when tooth enamel weakens, demineralization starts, increasing the chance of sensitive teeth.
County Dental dentists recommend brushing after a meal, but not too soon after consuming acidic foods because that’ll speed up tooth wear before the enamel settles.
Twice a year dental visits to one of our six convenient County Dental offices play a very important role in maintaining oral health. Each dental cleaning visit includes identifying early stages of dental erosion.
Our dentists recommend drinking water throughout each day to keep your mouth moist. Proper hydration helps to cleanse your mouth of acids.
Foods: Acids can come from many sources
- Carbonated drinks. All soft drinks, including “diet” options, contain high levels of acid that can easily dissolve your enamel.
- Wine. Whether you choose red, white or rosé, drinking wine will soften your enamel.
- Fruit juice. The most acidic options include lemon, cranberry, orange and apple.
- Citric fruits. Snacking on oranges, lemons and limes can wear down your teeth.
- Candy. No sugary sweets are good for your teeth, but you should pay extra attention to avoid sour gummies and candies.
- Sugar. Even though sugar itself does not contain high levels of acidity, it promotes the growth of acid-creating bacteria in your mouth, creating an acidic environment.
- Stomach acid. Vomiting and reflux also can cause serious tooth damage when stomach acid comes into contact with your teeth. If you suffer from an eating disorder, acid reflux or a related condition, seek professional help.
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