Acidity & pH

This balancing act in the mouth has a direct effect on your risk for cavities. This a major source of increased dental caries.

 

Questions to ask yourself: 

  1. Do you drink anything other than water  more than 2/day between meals? 
  2. Do you snack daily between meals? 

 

You may be surprised to know how acidic some everyday foods and beverages can be!

Click here for more detailed pH tables for common foods & beverages!

 

 

We recommend the following tips to protect your teeth from acids:

– Avoid or limit soft drinks and other acidic beverages.To maintain a low-risk status, you limit food/beverages (other than water) to 4-5/day.
– Avoid swishing acidic beverages around your mouth.
– Rinse your mouth with water after you eat or drink.
– Chew sugarless gum to increase your saliva flow and wash away acids.
– Drink milk or eat foods that contain calcium, like cheese, which neutralize acids.