Certain fruits have a high acid content and can cause damage to the enamel of your teeth.
Fruits are nutritious and delicious snacks. Most of them contain plenty of vitamin C, which makes them a good choice when it comes to your overall health. However, it’s important to know that certain foods are highly acidic. This means that they can cause damage to the enamel of your teeth over time. The good news is that it is not necessary to eliminate these fruits from your diet completely — read on to find out which fruits have the highest acid content and what you can do to protect your teeth while still enjoying them from time to time.
Which fruits are acidic?
Any food that has a pH above 7 is considered alkaline, while those with a pH below 7 are considered acidic. The lower the pH level, the more acidic the food.
The most acidic fruits include lemons, limes, grapes, pomegranates, grapefruits, blueberries, pineapples, apples, peaches, mangoes, and oranges.
If you’re looking for a fruit that is lower in acidity but still packed with vitamins, try green melons, watermelons, and bananas.
How do acidic fruits affect the teeth?
The outermost layer of the teeth, known as enamel, is very hard. The reality, however, is that it can be weakened and demineralised over time. The high acid content in certain foods and drinks, such as acidic fruits and fruit juices, tends to erode the enamel. This, in turn, can lead to sensitivity, discolouration, and an increased risk of tooth decay.
If you love fruits but want to prevent dental erosion, there are a few things you can do. Avoid sucking on acidic fruits like lemons—direct contact with the teeth can damage your enamel. It’s also advisable that you drink fruit juices through a straw as this will prevent the juice from coming into direct contact with your teeth.
If you do enjoy an acidic fruit or juice from time to time, be sure to rinse your mouth with water afterward. You might also consider eating some cheese after fruit as this raises the pH level in your mouth and promotes saliva production.
You can also keep the enamel of your teeth strong by practising proper oral hygiene and brushing daily with fluoride toothpaste.
Should you avoid acidic fruits?
Although acidic fruits can cause some damage to the enamel of the teeth, it’s important to remember that vitamin C contributes significantly to the growth and repair of many of your body’s tissues, including the bones, teeth, and cartilage. Because the body doesn’t manufacture or store vitamin C, you need to consume foods that contain the vitamin daily.
Some of the best sources of vitamin C include citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruits, mangos, pineapples, watermelons, and berries.
Ideally, you should try to stick to a balanced diet that is packed with fruits and vegetables. When you eat acidic fruits, simply take precautions to minimise damage to your teeth.
How can we help?
At Access Dental Care, we care about our patients’ overall health, which is why our team is available to address any questions that you have about your dietary habits and oral hygiene and how these factors could be affecting the condition of your smile. We encourage you to come in and see us for regular check-ups so that we can help keep your oral health on track.
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