Oral Acidity

The Foods & Beverages That Cause Tooth Erosion

We all know how important it is to take care of your teeth, and we also know that many foods and beverages can cause a lot of damage to our oral health. It’s important to take note of the foods and beverages below because of the acidity cause enamel erosion and eventually tooth decay. Learn more about what you should be avoiding.

1. Citrus

Do you drink a glass of orange juice every morning? Or perhaps you like to squeeze lemon or lime into your water for a fresher taste. Well, if you consistently consume citrus, then you’re putting your enamel at risk. It’s best to buffer any type of citrus with basic pH foods to neutralize their acidity and then rinse your mouth out with water, or better, rinse with an alkaline mouthwash immediately.

2. Candy

This one might seem obvious since most of us have been taught since childhood that candy rots your teeth. However, it's always beneficial to have a friendly reminder that taking a handful of Skittles from your office’s candy bowl every day will eventually take a toll. Be extremely wary of chewy candy, sour candy, and hard candy. Since hard candy is usually meant to be sucked, your mouth gets prolonged exposure to acidic sugar. Chewy candy tends to stick to your teeth while sour candy is full of citric acid.

3. Vinegar

Vinegar is a highly popular ingredient in many foods, including salad dressings, sauces, pickles, and even potato chips. Since we don’t consume it by itself, we may not always think about the impact it has on our oral health. Vinegar is highly acidic, meaning too much of it contributes to enamel erosion.

4. Alcohol

Although not all types of alcohol are acidic, alcohol causes dehydration and dry mouth, which then makes the mouth more acidic. This means prolonged alcohol consumption can lead to enamel erosion. Furthermore, certain types of alcohol are already acidic, doubling their disastrous effects on your oral health. Wine, for example, is highly acidic.  

5. Energy Drinks

Most of the popular energy stimulating drinks pH 3.3 are as acidic as carbonated sodas 2.4. Immediately rinse with a high pH water or better portable alkaline mouthwash tablets which can be used on the GO!

Tooth Erosion Can Be Prevented

Use an acid-neutralizing rinse like Alka-White mouthwash tablets. With the alkaline rise, you ensure your mouth’s pH is balanced and the acidity is immediately buffered.

We hope this blog is informative to help you make better decisions about what you are eating and drinking. Obviously, some of these things are going to work their way into your diet, but it is all about how you neutralize these acids afterward. Try Alka-White mouthwash tablets for a sure alkaline rinse to balance your mouth’s pH.

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