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Acids in foods can affect dental health
Updated: 11/24/2008 6:00:27 PM

Acids in foods can affect dental health You may already be aware that drinking soda can damage your dental health, but did you know that other foods containing acids could be a potential risk?

According to the Academy of General Dentistry, any food that has a low pH value has the potential to lead to erosion of the dental enamel. Foods with a low pH are high in acidity.

Some of the edible items that are included in this category are pickles, fruit juices, yogurt and wine. Fruits have citric and malic acids, while yogurt contains lactic acid and grapes have tartaric acid.

"A low pH environment in the mouth helps contribute to dental erosion," explained Samantha Shipley, lead author of a study published in the January/February 2005 issue of General Dentistry.

"Vegetarian diets and diets in which fruit comprises more than two-thirds of the total food intake also make patients more susceptible to erosion."

Earlier this year, Dr Bennett T. Amaechi of the University of Texas Health Science Center and colleagues found that around 30 percent of 10 to 14-year-olds in the U.S. exhibited some level of dental erosion.

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