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Have you been wondering about your diet and ways to improve it to keep your mouth healthy? One thing to consider is how some otherwise healthy foods contain acids, which can increase erosion of your teeth.

Some of these foods are not stuff you would normally think of as bad, and quite a few of them have their benefits health benefits. Here is a list of a few:

– Pickles
– Tomatoes and tomato based products
– Cranberries
– Oranges
– Lemons

The problems arise from the acids they contain. The acids can eat away at your tooth enamel and remove minerals like calcium and phosphorus from underneath the enamel, which is called demineralization.

This is not an unusual thing. Our own saliva has some acidity to it, which often increases when we eat any kind of food. Still, it does cause some demineralization, and increased acid levels cause more of it. Fortunately, our bodies can put calcium and phosphorus back in, or remineralize.

Also, there are ways to still enjoy some of these more healthy acidic foods. A simple way is to eat them during regular meals along with foods that are non-acidic, which neutralizes acidity. Here are a few:

– Cheese
– Bananas
– Vegetables
– Lean meats
– Fish
– Whole grains

Try to avoid eating acidic foods by themselves and brushing after eating acidic foods, as both actions can increase demineralization and enamel loss. Also, using toothpastes and mouthwashes that contain fluoride can increase and strengthen the remineralization process.

If you would like to learn more about taking care of your teeth, feel free to come to Arizona Dental in Phoenix, Arizona. You can contact us by calling 602-910-3860. Our dentist, Dr. Joe Gerard, is happy to help you.