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Can You Decrease How Much Acid You Put in Your Mouth?

Posted on 3/30/2020 by Moyer Office
Can You Decrease How Much Acid You Put in Your Mouth?One of the primary culprits that cause tooth erosion are beverages or foods that contain a high acid content. Cutting down on their consumption will reduce the incidence of cavities. The following information will clue you in on what foods or drinks to avoid.

Foods and Beverages – Which Have Higher and Lower Acid Contents

Before you determine the acidity of foods, you need to understand a little about pH. A pH value tells you whether a food or drink is acidic, alkaline, or neutral. For example, a pH of 0 indicates that a food or beverage is highly acidic. A pH of 7 indicates neutrality while a pH of 14 is alkaline or basic. In the body, the stomach's pH is 3.5, which contains some acidity to break down foods.

Fruits can be acidic, especially citrus. While a fruit may possess some acidity, it does have an alkalizing effect in the body. To drink a fruit juice, use a straw so the liquid does not come into direct contact with your teeth. Fresh vegetables are good for the teeth, and have neutral pH levels. On the other hand, drinks, which contain a high level of phosphorus, such as beer or hot chocolate, are high in acid. Choose, sparkling water instead, or a lower phosphorus drink, such a white wine.

It usually is best to eat more vegetables and fruits and curb your cravings for foods containing sugar or too many carbs. Alkalizing foods include most fruits and vegetables, including potatoes, as well as soy products, unsweetened milk and yogurt, lentils, beans, and healthy fats, such as nuts, seeds, and olive oil. Try to eat less or drink less of coffee, beer, soda and diet soda, and processed foods or fried foods. All can produce an acidic state within the body and lead to dental damage.

We can help you formulate a diet plan where you can take care of your teeth and enjoy better nutrition. Call us today for a dental appointment to have your teeth checked and cleaned. If you avoid foods that contain artificial sweeteners, sugar, refined grains, or gluten, your body will thank you and so will your teeth.

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