We're all familiar with how acids can damage our teeth. We know that foods and drinks like lemons, coffee, and tea can be detrimental to the enamel on our teeth, but many people don't know these aren't the only dangerous foods and drinks when it comes to oral health.
Many foods contain a lot of acid, but we might not associate them with high acid levels. Below, we'll go over some foods that contain hidden acid that could damage your teeth.
The first foods you may not be thinking of when thinking about foods high in acids is fruit. Our whole lives, we've been told that fruit is great for your body, and that's true—to a certain extent. Fruits, other than the obvious ones, actually contain a lot of acid and excess consumption of them can cause early wear on your enamel.
While whole fruits are okay for your teeth in moderation, fruit juices can actually cause a lot of harm. This is because fruit juices combine the acidity of fruit and the decaying effects of added sugar together and make a dastardly combo for your teeth. Of course, you can eat fruits and have fruit juices ever once in a while, but try to avoid those high in acidity like lemons, limes, grapes, grapefruit, and pineapple.
Like fruits, some vegetables actually have quite a high acidity. Some of these vegetables are cabbage, beets, and onions. These vegetables are all slightly acidic naturally, but what makes them even more dangerous is that sometimes people will pickle them. Pickling can cause vegetables to reach dangerous levels of acidity that are near the acidity of straight lemon juice.
Many of the mentioned fruits and vegetables are okay to eat in moderation; the real danger comes when you eat them for every meal of the day, so don't use us an excuse to not eat your fruits and veggies! We are always here to help with any question you may have about how to keep your teeth's enamel healthy, so give us a call if you have any questions.
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