Coffee, red wine, cigarettes—when it comes to protecting your pearly whites, you know to steer clear of these tooth-staining offenders. But there are some other, less-obvious culprits that could be ruining your smile. Most likely, acid-containing foods are secretly wreaking havoc on your oral health—and acid is lurking where you least expect it.
It’s common knowledge that excess sugar can contribute to cavities, but what’s the big deal with acid? Foods high in acid can contribute to acid erosion, which is the wearing down of the outer layer of the tooth enamel.
As the protective enamel wears away, the teeth turn yellow, translucent and dull. They might also be more sensitive to hot or cold liquids. What’s more, acid erosion is an irreversible process, so once the tooth enamel has eroded, there’s no replacing it.
Unfortunately, many foods that are mainstays of a healthy diet including citrus fruits, salad dressings, dried fruits and even berries could be sneakily sabotaging your oral health. When you eat these foods, you bathe your teeth in an acidic environment, and it can ultimately wear away on the enamel.
Look below to find out which of your favorite foods are surprisingly rich in acid.
If one or more of your favorite foods made the list, does this mean that you should abandon it for the sake of salvaging your teeth? Of course not. Don’t give up healthy food in your diet, particularly fruit, but do take a fresh look at how you eat it.
There are a number of preventative measures you can take to reduce the impact of acid erosion: