Acidic Foods Can Contribute to Teeth Sensitivity

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September 26, 2016

One-third of 700 dentists surveyed by the Academy of General Dentistry say that acidic foods and beverages are the single most prevalent contributors to sensitive teeth, followed by the technique in which people brush their teeth.

How can you better recognize and understand acidic foods and learn how to keep your body’s pH levels neutral? You can ask your doctor, consult with a dietician, or do a bit of homework on your own. It’s easy to find research on acidic foods, alkaline foods and the pH levels of food in literature or on the internet. If you're concerned about tooth sensitivity, avoid eating acidic foods as much as possible. Here is a list of acidic foods and their general level of acidity.

Moderately Acidic Foods

  • Meat
  • Beans
  • Most Grains
  • Corn
  • Fish
  • Fowl
  • Coffee
  • Plums, prunes and cranberries

Highly Acidic Foods

  • Sport Drinks
  • Orange Juice
  • Tomatoes
  • Yogurt/Sour Cream
  • Wine
  • Sodas (e.g. cola beverages)
  • Most fermented foods and aged cheeses
  • Fruits
  • Pickled Products

Enjoying Acidic Foods

Acidic foods can certainly be enjoyed in moderation. If you prefer a diet high in acidic foods, but are experiencing significant tooth sensitivity, there are many steps you can take to reduce your tooth discomfort.

According to The Academy of General Dentistry, the simplest way to alleviate sensitive teeth from acidic foods is to use desensitizing toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush.

RELATED 10 Biggest Causes of Tooth Sensitivity 

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