THE SURPRISING WAYS FRUIT MAY BE HARMING YOUR TEETH

  • How Fruit Can Cause Acid Erosion

    Trying out that new juice cleanse? Take a look at how all that fruit could be causing acid erosion on your teeth!

    You eat a balanced diet. You get plenty of sleep. You exercise on a regular basis. Your body is in optimal health, right? Maybe not! You might be neglecting a part of your body without even noticing.

    The acid erosion caused from a diet high in acidic fruits and veggies could be permanently damaging your teeth! Even if you go to the dentist regularly and maintain your teeth cleaning appointments! Keep reading to learn more!

    Some Common Causes of Tooth Decay (that you might not even know about!)

    It’s fairly well known that fizzy drinks, juices and sweets can all be damaging to your teeth. The sugar, texture, and staining properties of these consumables are responsible for more than their share of tooth decay.

    But what if you only engage in those treats occasionally and are still noticing signs of tooth erosion? The culprits might not be the “usual suspects”.

    Fruits that Cause Acid Erosion

    Yes! You read that right: FRUITS! If your diet is rich in fruit content, the acid in it could be what is causing damage to your teeth. Not all fruit are high in acid, but many are, including these:

    • Grapefruit
    • Oranges
    • Lemons
    • Strawberries
    • Pomegranates
    • Kiwi
    • Pineapple

    Pretty much any citrus fruit is considered high in acidic content. But many canned and preserved fruits can become more acidic because of how they are processed.

    What determines the acidity?

    Let’s stop here for just a moment and talk about what “acidity” actually means. When some people hear the word “acid”, they automatically assume that it means “sour” or “bitter”. But the lack of sweetness in a fruit isn’t what causes acid erosion.

    Acidity is determined by the pH value of a fruit. The higher content of acid, the lower the pH level. Low pH content in your body can produce a number of disturbing issues, including acid erosion of the teeth. 

    The rule for highly acidic foods is the same as it is in any well-balanced diet: All things in moderation.

    Symptoms Your Body’s pH is too Low

    A  person is considered as having acidosis when the pH in their blood drops to below 7.35. Normal pH levels are considered at 7.4.

    If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, your body could be in a state of acidosis:

    • fatigue
    • confusion
    • shortness of breath
    • sleepiness
    • headache

    These might seem like minor or insignificant symptoms. But if your bodily fluids maintain too low an amount of pH, you could be in long-term trouble!

    Chronic kidney issues, including kidney failure, as well as bone diseases could develop. This is how that acid erosion begins to take a toll on your pearly whites!

    Other problems caused by highly acidic foods

    Acid reflux and other gastrointestinal disorders can be aggravated by eating a diet rich in acidic foods. But long term consumption of these foods can also cause problems with your heart, liver, skin, and pancreas. Some have even been linked to the risk of developing Alzheimer’s!

    Obviously, fruits are not the only foods that are high in acid. If you are having health issues, including acid erosion, make sure you’re not over-consuming these types of foods as well:

    • Chocolate
    • Peanuts
    • Wheat/White Flour
    • Beef
    • Pork
    • Shellfish
    • Cheese
    • Beer

    But don’t despair! There are plenty of delicious foods, including fruits, that are not as high in acidity. Now that you know how harmful acidity can be to your diet, let’s get that pH under control!

    Have your Fruit and Eat it too!

    Before you start throwing out all the fruit in the house, take a look at the ones you’ll want to keep on your grocery list. These fruits are less likely to cause acid erosion and have some great health benefits to boot!

    Bananas

    In addition to being easily digested, bananas are high in potassium. Potassium is a natural stress reducer. It is also essential to your heart, brain, kidney, and muscle health.

    Potassium also helps regulate blood sugar and maintain normal muscle contraction. If you like to include fruit in your diet because you’re trying to lose weight, you’re in luck! The potassium found in bananas also helps with your metabolism.

    Dates and Figs

    These little gems can be considered a treat when adding them to your diet. Consider them nature’s dessert. They are sweet while maintaining a low acid content.

    Melons

    Watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew are great fruits to keep in your diet. These fruits are high in Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and fiber. Many people like to keep tomatoes in their diet because of the benefits of lycopene. If you’re trying to eliminate acid erosion from your lifestyle, the tomatoes may have to go.

    Good news! Lycopene is also found in watermelon. More of it, in fact! This powerful antioxidant can help reduce the risk of certain cancers as well as heart attacks.

    Papaya

    Papaya is also rich in vitamins and fiber and includes a healthy amount of lycopene as well. Chronic inflammation has been considered to be at the root of many other health issues. The antioxidants found in fruits like papaya have also been linked to reducing inflammation in the body.

    This amazing little fruit can make digestion easier and has been used as a natural aid in helping with the symptoms of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome).

    How All of This Relates to Your Dental Health

    Proper dental care is more than just brushing and flossing. Your daily food and drink intake have an effect on your overall health INCLUDING your teeth. Taking care of your teeth can have many of the same preventative benefits as the fruits mentioned above.

    Decreased risk of cancer, lower risk of infections, brain, and heart health are all related to proper dental care. If you’ve had problems with your teeth in the past, we can help! We offer many preventive and restorative treatments to get your teeth healthy and strong!

    Contact us at Cornerhouse Dental Care today for an appointment and don’t let acid erosion get the best part of you:

    Your smile!

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