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Foods That May Damage Tooth Enamel

Plate full of fruits and veggiesNo matter how diligent you are about your oral hygiene, it’s still possible for you to develop dental cavities or tooth decay. Depending on the foods you eat, it might not be enough to simply brush and floss every day to keep your teeth healthy. There are certain foods that, if they’re a staple in your daily diet, have the potential to damage your tooth enamel and cause other dental problems.

Foods That May Damage Tooth Enamel

The number one threat to your tooth enamel is acid. Highly acidic foods can cause a lot of damage to your tooth enamel, causing tooth discoloration, tooth sensitivity, and dental cavities.

Highly acidic food can include:

  • Grapefruits
  • Strawberries
  • Lemons
  • Grapes
  • Apples

Moderately acidic food can include:

  • Honey
  • Pickles
  • Tomatoes
  • Maple Syrup

Lowest acidic foods can include:

  • Cheese
  • Milk
  • Eggs

How to Prevent Acid Damage

We aren’t suggesting that you don’t eat the fruits high in acid – they’re still healthy for you! But the best way to prevent them from causing damage to your teeth is to brush and floss immediately after eating acidic food. This will allow less exposure to the acids, keeping your tooth enamel healthy.

If you think you have acid damage to your tooth enamel, please make an appointment to see Dr. Balota. Balota Family Dentistry is located here in Colorado Springs, CO.

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