Before you can protect your tooth enamel from the effects of acid erosion, you need to know how acidic foods or drinks are. Is white wine more acidic than orange juice? Are apples more acidic than soda? Find out which of your favorite foods are more acidic than others in this easy-to-follow graphic demonstration.
All you need to do is click on one of the foods below, and we’ll show you that food’s pH level and whether that’s a low, medium or high acidity level. Or you can click on the LOW, MEDIUM or HIGH button to see all of the foods that fall into those acidity categories. You just might be surprised.
As you can see, a lot of acidic foods are healthy foods and you shouldn’t avoid them. Also, remember that often it is not just what is consumed that causes acid erosion, but also how acidic foods and beverages are consumed.
Here are some quick tips to help you reduce your risk from the effects of acid erosion.
- If you’re eating acidic foods, have cheese, milk or other non-acidic food or drink with them.
- Avoid brushing your teeth immediately after consuming acidic foods or drinks, when your enamel is most soft and more likely to be worn away. Try waiting an hour before brushing your teeth. Or consider brushing your teeth before you eat.
- Don't swish acidic drinks in your mouth — swallow them quickly. Consider drinking soft drinks through a straw to avoid contact with your teeth. When it comes to acid erosion, studies suggest that the way you drink acidic beverages has more of an effect on your teeth than the quantity you drink. And the less you have acids in contact with your teeth, the better.
- Have regular dental check-ups and follow your dentist's or dental hygienist's advice.
- Use Sensodyne® ProNamel® toothpaste as your daily fluoride toothpaste. It has been specifically designed to help protect tooth enamel against the effects of acid erosion. Get a coupon now and save on ProNamel® toothpaste.