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We all know what we eat has an impact on our teeth, and can affect tooth decay. But are some foods more harmful than others? What foods should you avoid?
Acid is one of the more destructive foods that can contribute to tooth decay. So if this is the case what are some acidic foods you should avoid, or choose to eat responsibly in moderation?
1. High Acid Beverages
Coke, fruit juice, lemonade, energy drinks, or other high acid drinks can contribute to tooth decay. You can choose milk, water, or unsweetened tea. Green tea is also an excellent choice of beverage that can help bolster good oral health.
Condiments such as ketchup or mustard can contain acidic ingredients such as vinegar, sugar, and tomatoes. Delicious in small amounts, these condiments can be a good compliment to some meals, but limiting or avoiding widespread use of them can be healthier for your mouth.
3. Foods High in Sugar
Delicious and addictive, it’s easy to enjoy the sticky sweet foods that we crave. But choosing to enjoy them in moderation is best. Gummy treats, sticky candies, or sweet desserts are indulgent and special. As an occasional treat, these are fine, but regular indulgence in high sugar items can have a detrimental effect on tooth decay.
Tomato sauce, salsas, hot sauces, all acidic foods that can eat away at your enamel. Washing these foods down with water can help to minimize the amount of time they keep in contact with your teeth and enamel, in those times when you just have to enjoy a little pasta.
Wine may be a wonderful addition to your meal, but it also can contribute to decay and staining on your teeth.
To help neutralize the acid and prevent tooth decay, try eating high acid foods with lower acid options like nuts, brown rice, bananas, vegetables, oatmeal, and other whole grains. Wash it all down with water, which will help you make plenty of saliva, keeping the acidic food debris from clinging to your teeth, and washing them away. If you’d like to learn more tips and tricks for protecting your enamel if you love these acidic foods.
Call our Memphis, Jackson, Oakland or Bartlett dental offices to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.