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Food and Beverage Choices and Their Impact on Your Oral Health

Updated: Sep 21, 2022

The choices we make on what to eat and what to drink every day have an impact on ALL aspects of your health. Excess of certain foods and beverages can cause tooth decay, periodontal disease, and even oral cancer.

High acidic foods and beverages weaken the enamel of your teeth. While eating or drinking them they soften your enamel of your teeth making then vulnerable to damage. When your teeth become “softer” they lose some of their mineral content. You often here us mention water. PLAIN, still water. High consumption of water along with your naturally occurring saliva can help to remove some of the acidity but if you eat or drink large quantities of highly acidic foods or beverages water and saliva will not be able to keep up with the attack on your teeth.

High acidic foods and beverages weaken the enamel of your teeth.

So what should you avoid? We have a list below, but we must also add……we are NOT saying to remove these foods entirely from your diet. Most on the list are good for your overall health and have many healthful benefits. We are simply suggesting that they be limited in consumption.

Limit these acidic foods and beverages:

  • Lemons

  • Limes

  • Plums

  • Grapes

  • Grapefruits

  • Blueberries

  • Pineapples

  • Oranges

  • Peaches

  • tomatoes

  • “fizzy” drinks (soda and carbonated water)

  • Beer

  • Cider

  • Prosecco

  • White wine

If you find that you are consuming these foods and drinks frequently, it is best to limit them to mealtimes and also to drink plenty of water with them as well.

Tooth sensitivity is often the first sign of enamel erosion.

So why exactly is erosion so detrimental to your teeth and overall oral health? Erosion wears the enamel away. Enamel is the strong protective coating on your teeth. When that coating gets compromised tooth decay can happen much easier. You can also experience tooth sensitivity and pain. Tooth sensitivity is often the first sign of enamel erosion.

If you are experiencing any signs and symptoms of compromised enamel, please call our office. We can assess your current condition and design a treatment plan that is right for you. In the meantime, don’t forget to brush at least twice a day, floss on a regular basis and see us twice a year for professional cleanings.

About Serenity Dental Studio: We are the leading dental studio serving Gulf Shores Alabama and the surrounding area. Our staff provides a calm and serene environment for our patients enabling them to relax and allow us to restore their love for their smile.

Our team of general dentists, specialists, and hygienists work together to create a superior dental team that will help you look and feel your best.

If you’re searching for a dental practice in Gulf Shores AL, we’d love to meet you!


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