What Acidic Items Should You Cut From Your Diet for Optimal Oral Health?
Posted on 8/10/2020 by Karl Olson
Myriads of recipes and food ingredients come with low pH levels that might be harmful to your oral health, and you need to be able to regulate them carefully in your diet. Acidity weakens your mouth's defenses while empowering bacterial activities. Highly acidic food softens and erodes the enamel, exposing the more sensitive parts of the tooth, while also raising your mouth's pH to levels conducive to bacterial growth. Acidic foods and drinks can make you more vulnerable to a wide range of oral health problems. They can also detract from the efficiency of your regular oral care habits, causing your smile to fade increasingly even if you're brushing and flossing religiously.
Highly Acidic Foods and Drinks to Watch out for in your Diets
The definition of a healthy eating habit does not preclude care for dental health. In line with a healthy eating habit, you need to watch out for certain foods and drinks that may be nutritious, but can spike the level of acidity in your mouth. These include your regular coffee and tea, especially those with sweeteners, soda, alcohol, sugary food, and tomato products. The list also includes citric fruits like oranges, grapefruits, limes, etc.
Now, it's not necessary to completely abstain from these foods to uphold sound oral health. You only need to follow up on their consumption with appropriate oral practices. You can try rebalancing your mouth's pH levels right after eating these foods by consuming foods with higher pH levels and low levels of acid. These include nuts, fruits like apples, bananas, mangos, whole grains, veggies, beans, fish, lean meat, etc. These foods also provide the additional benefit of supplying your gums and teeth with essential minerals like calcium and phosphorous. Good brushing and flossing habits can also help. You can try brushing every time you consume any highly acidic food. But you need to wait for at least an hour or two after consuming the food to allow your softened enamel to harden back in place first before brushing to prevent enamel erosion.
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