Picture a dream vacation for the summer. Does Hawaii happen to come to mind? If you’ve ever been to Hawaii, or even just read about their culture, there are certain symbols that go hand-in-hand with the friendly and tropical islands. One of them is a delicious fruit you most likely can see at any grocery store in the United States – the pineapple. Pineapples are nutritious, delicious, and versatile. Baked into cakes, pureed as a base for a cocktail, or simply eaten by the chunk, you may assume that there’s no harm in making pineapple an all-you-can-eat part of your summer. Unfortunately for your dental health, pineapples are highly acidic. Our dentist will offer advice on how to enjoy acidic fruits for the remaining summer months without eroding your tooth enamel.
Acid and Teeth
Put simply, acid of any sort is terrible for your teeth. Acid can be consumed in various foods and drinks, or it can be a by-product of oral bacteria when they are introduced to sucrose (sugar; refined carbohydrates). Your enamel is the strongest substance in your body, designed to coat your teeth and keep them protected from bacteria. When acid softens your tooth enamel, however, you open your teeth up to decay. Tooth sensitivity, cavities, and an unsightly appearance from decaying teeth can all be unfortunate side effects of enamel erosion.Fruits such as lemons, limes, oranges, kiwis, and pineapples are highly acidic.
Enjoying Fruit with Less Harm to Tooth Enamel
There are ways to eat acidic fruits and drink acidic beverages (pineapple juice; orange juice) while still protecting your tooth enamel. Here are some suggestions:
- Cut fruit into bite sized pieces
- Aim for your back teeth when you eat acidic foods
- Be sure to use a straw when you drink acidic beverages
- Never swish acidic drinks around in your mouth; avoid contact with teeth as much as possible
- Rinse your mouth with water after consuming something with acid
- Allow 30 minutes for enamel to re-harden, and then brush teeth
We look forward to helping you and your family enjoy happy, healthy smiles. To schedule an appointment, please contact us at (512) 549-4069. Our Austin dentist office proudly provides preventive, restorative, cosmetic, and laser dentistry to families in Austin, Round Rock, and surrounding communities.