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You’ll Never Guess Which Fruits Can Destroy Your Tooth Enamel

June 29, 2018 ABC Children's Dentistry

Fruit is a key ingredient to just about guide to eating healthy, and what’s not to like about fruit? From the sweet taste and juice to the high content of vitamin C, fresh fruit can be very beneficial to our overall health. As with most things in life, however, there is a catch – even with fruit.

In this issue, we’ll talk about how the high acid contents of some fruits can be quite damaging to the enamel of your child’s teeth and your own.

How can I know which fruits are bad for my teeth?

It’s all about citric acid. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), it’s foods with a pH level below 7 that are considered to be acidic. It’s extended exposure to citric acid and other acids that will result in tooth enamel dissolving. This, in turn, leads to tooth decay.

Which fruits are the most acidic?

The most acidic fruits, in no particular order, are:

  • Lemons;
  • Limes;
  • Grapes;
  • Pomegranates;
  • Pineapples;
  • Grapefruits;
  • Oranges; and
  • Mangos

What fruits are safe to eat?

The fruits listed above, while considered to be the most acidic, can still be enjoyed; the key, however, is moderation. The good news is that there are plenty of fruits that are excellent sources of vitamin C and much less acidic. These include:

  • Cantaloupes;
  • Honeydew melons;
  • Bananas; and
  • Watermelons

What other steps can I take in lessening the risk of citric acid?

Again, there’s no need to completely avoid the fruits deemed to be highly acidic. To enjoy your favorite fruit, here are a few tips to keep the risks of enamel erosion at bay.

  • Do not suck on lemons, as putting them or any highly acidic fruit in direct contact with your teeth can soften the enamel.
  • Using a straw to drink fruit juices can also be highly effective in keeping the acid away from your teeth.
  • Immediately after eating fruit, rinse your mouth with water so that the acids can be diluted.
  • Enjoy a bit of cheese with your fruit to increase the level of saliva production, which will help in neutralizing acids.

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