If you’ve ever been to the dentist, or are paying attention in general to the world around you, you probably know that sugar is bad for your teeth. But did you also know that acidic foods are bad for your teeth? Acidic foods soften your enamel as you consume them, and eventually wear away the enamel as these foods are continuously consumed. Your enamel can ‘settle’ after consuming an acidic food, so it’s a good idea to wait a little while to brush your teeth; this way to lessen the risk of further wearing away of your enamel.
The best way to prevent acidic enamel erosion is to lessen your intake of acidic foods, or at least to balance them alongside foods with a higher pH level or a lower acidity. Your saliva also regularly cleans your teeth, so drink a lot of water to keep your mouth wet. Other ways to help keep your mouth salivated are chewing sugar-free gum and avoiding alcohol and tobacco products, which are extremely drying.
As we head into spring, the season of outdoor BBQs, pool parties, and feasts-some of our favorites, such as citrus juices, most meats, alcoholic beverages, and soda, to name a few, are highly acidic! Here are some easy drinks and foods to enjoy daily this spring that are lower in acidity, to help balance your pH so you can splurge a little! My grandma always said “everything in moderation-even moderation!”
- Uncooked spinach
- Potato skins
- Brussels Sprouts
As you can see, it can be really easy to snack healthily, while also looking out for your teeth! These snacks, along with drinking lots of water, and of course your bi-annual visit to your dentist, are great ways to reduce, and monitor, your acidic intake, thus protecting your teeth! Throw a few of these ingredients on top of that spinach for a healthy, low acidic salad, or check out these other low acidity recipes!
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