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Acid foods and teeth

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 03, 2013 at 8:09 PM

i love consuming lemon/lime water sometimes as well as add some apple cider vinegar to some dishes. I occasionally indulge in some fruits like oranges.

how would i go about making sure the acidity of these fruit don't harm my teeth enamel?

is swishing with water enough or is it more complicated

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on June 04, 2013
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Yea, I just ate a can of 1.59 sardines, just the bones, along with my chicken breasts, potatoes , broccoli and a small glass of ice cold milk. Eating something like fish bones makes my teeth feel the opposite of having eaten a lemon or lemon water or something.

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on June 03, 2013
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Yes, but don't brush your teeth directly after drinking/eating acidic foods. I've read that when your teeth are "fuzzy" after that, the enamel is more easily scraped off, and brushing will do that. Brush a few hours afterwards, or right before you consume an acidic food.

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...When they're soft (usually from a can). If they're not soft, then they're pretty freaking annoying.

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Fish bones are pretty freaking awesome.

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Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

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on June 03, 2013
at 11:44 PM

Eat some alkaline food with you meal, like fish bones, those are pretty freaking alkaline.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

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on June 03, 2013
at 11:48 PM

Fish bones are pretty freaking awesome.

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10989)

on June 04, 2013
at 12:03 AM

Yea, I just ate a can of 1.59 sardines, just the bones, along with my chicken breasts, potatoes , broccoli and a small glass of ice cold milk. Eating something like fish bones makes my teeth feel the opposite of having eaten a lemon or lemon water or something.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

(3979)

on June 03, 2013
at 11:49 PM

...When they're soft (usually from a can). If they're not soft, then they're pretty freaking annoying.

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on June 03, 2013
at 09:04 PM

I have the same problem...try drinking it through a straw, it will minimize the amount of contact the lemon/lime water comes in with your teeth

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on June 03, 2013
at 08:53 PM

I used to (and still do) combat my GERD with Apple cider vinegar straight shots from the bottle and swish a mouthful of water around my mouth after. I had a similar worry and asked my dentist whether it (or the refluxing acid) has done any damage and he said they look good as new. This is only over a couple of years or so, so maybe a few decades might tell a different story. I eat tons of acidic fruits too (and on top of that i smoked for a year or so before i saw the dentist).

I'm not saying natural acids won't cause erosion over time (because i have no evidence to back that statement up) but i do believe these television adverts promoting all sorts of superhero-like toothpastes and warning of the dangers of acid erosion are mostly to promote products and boost sales. I also saw something a while ago on how potato starch can actually cause more damage than even sugar to teeth (i think it was on a programme called QI, i'll try to find a link for an article).

So brush your teeth twice a day, rinse your mouth with water maybe and put the worry to rest :)

EDIT: Give this a quick read http://www.livescience.com/2011-truth-tooth-decay.html

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

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on June 03, 2013
at 11:50 PM

Yes, but don't brush your teeth directly after drinking/eating acidic foods. I've read that when your teeth are "fuzzy" after that, the enamel is more easily scraped off, and brushing will do that. Brush a few hours afterwards, or right before you consume an acidic food.

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