Top 9 Foods That Damage Your Teeth: Citrus

We work extremely hard to ensure that we treat the whole patient, which means that we care deeply not just about correcting a significant oral health problem, but also about promoting good oral health care at home. The American Dental Association has identified nine types of foods as the most damaging to our teeth. These foods promote acid-producing bacteria, break down enamel, and/or can lead to decay and disease if not used in moderation.

Number Two: Citrus

Anything that increases the acidity of your mouth has the potential to harm your teeth, as acid erodes the enamel in your teeth, which can’t be replaced. Even simply squirting lemon or lime into a glass of water can change the pH of the liquid, making it more acidic. When eating citrus fruits like oranges, the acidic juice sits on your teeth over time and can cause damage.

If you drink something with citrus in it or eat a citrus fruit, the best way to protect your teeth is eat and drink them fast so the acid doesn’t linger for longer on your teeth and to immediately rinse your mouth out with water when finished.

If you have any questions about how your diet impacts your dental health or if you would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact our team or make an appointment. Our incredible staff will give you the best dental care possible.

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