When we think of oral health, we know that what we eat has a large impact on our teeth. We know that sugar, sodas and candy are huge contributor to cavities, but did you know that there are also healthy foods that cause acid erosion? Here’s what to watch out for:
Top 10 Foods that Cause Acid Erosion
- Citrus – Juices from lemon, grapefruit and oranges.
- Carbonated Drinks – Carbonated drinks, both diet and regular, are acidic and if consumed, should be done so in moderation and through a straw if possible.
- Iced Black Tea – Not only is black tea acidic, but it can also stain your teeth.
- Berries – Blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, cranberries
- Wine – Red wines can also stain your teeth.
- Tomatoes – Tomatoes, tomato sauces, or anything with a tomato base.
- Vinegars – Vinegars include apple cider vinegar, balsamic, wine vinegars, and even some less commonly known vinegars like coconut vinegar are acidic. Because many salad dressings are an oil/vinegar base, watch out for these too.
- Some fruits – These fruits in particular are high in acid and can cause acid wear: plums, cherries, apple juice, apple sauce, and sour mangoes.
- Tonic water – Tonic water and especially tonic water with added sugar contributes to acid wear.
- Cane Sugar – Cane sugar in itself isn’t acidic, as much as the bacteria that feed on sugar turn it into acid which do a number to your tooth enamel.
It’s important to be aware of the amount of foods that cause acidic erosion you consume. If you are drinking acidic juices, try using a straw, and wait at least 30 minutes after consuming acidic foods to brush your teeth.