Acid + Teeth = ?

Tooth sensitivity has you cringing? Acidic foods may be weakening your tooth enamel! To help neutralize the problem (literally), we turned to dentists to the stars, Dr. Jacquie, for her tips on the foods to avoid, how to reduce tooth sensitivity and more!

Acid foods to avoid…

Foods and drinks that are particularly acidic can erode tooth enamel. And while you likely know some of the culprits (like citrus fruits) others may be surprising. To preserve tooth enamel and reduce dental sensitivity, avoid:

Fruits and fruit products, which contain citric and malic acid

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Soda, which contains phosphoric acid

Fermented products like yogurt, which contain lactic acid

Grapes and wine, which contain tartaric acid


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How to reduce tooth sensitivity…

Acidic foods can be enjoyed in moderation, but if you continue to suffer with tooth sensitivity, try:

Brushing with desensitizing toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush

Using alkaline or neutral toothpastes and mouthwashes, like those with a baking soda base

Chewing sugar-free gum to increase salivary flow to wash away and dilute acids on your teeth

Applying topical fluoride mouth gels and rinses to ease tooth hypersensitivity and allow for your teeth to rejuvenate by adding back lost minerals.

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