With the arrival of the summer season, consumption of sugary foods and drinks such as ice creams and soft drinks increases. Excess consumption of these treats puts our oral health at a huge risk.
Consuming too many acidic foods, as well as sugary foods, traditionally associated with summer time increases the risk of dental erosion and tooth decay. Due to higher levels of heat in the summer, we tend to consume more sugary foods. This can lead to multiple attacks on the teeth throughout the day.
The acid in the food and the drinks causes dental erosion. If the tooth enamel, the hard, protective coating on the tooth, is worn away, the dentine underneath becomes exposed. This makes the teeth discoloured and sensitive.
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Tooth decay occurs when the sugar reacts with the bacteria in plaque leading to the formation of acid which destroys the enamel. Tooth decay causes cavities, which result in the need for fillings. We love to snack between meals but seldom do we realize that each time we eat or drink anything sugary, our teeth are under acid attack for up to one hour.
Eating and drinking between meals naturally weakens the enamel on our teeth. It is therefore recommended to eat three square meals a day instead of having snacks seven to eight times. If you do snack between meals, choose foods that do not contain sugar. This will substantially limit the amount of time your mouth is at risk.
One should note that summer food and drinks are alright if consumed in moderation, but they should be kept limited to meal times. If you consume them throughout the day you are putting your oral health at risk.
While sugary foods and drinks are quite easy to identify, acidic foods and drinks that increase the risk of dental erosion are not easy to recognize. To help you make the right choice this summer, we have compiled a list of some of the most popular foods consumed in the summer season, along with their pH level.
Highly acidic food – Bad for oral health
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- Vinaigrette salad dressing (pH level – 2.0)
- Wine (pH level – 2.5)
- Cola (pH level – 2.5)
- Squash (pH level – 2.8 – 3.8)
- Cider (pH level – 2.9 – 3.3)
- Ice cream (pH level – 3 – 5)
- Olives (pH level – 3.8)
- Strawberries (pH level – 3.0 – 4.2)
Moderately acidic food – Okay, if consumed in moderation
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- Orange juice (pH level – 3.8)
- Cottage cheese (pH level – 4.1 – 5.4)
- Fruit tea (pH level – 4.2)
- Beer (pH level – 4.4)
- Fish and Chips (pH level – 4.6 – 6.7)
Less acidic food – Good for oral health
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- White bread (pH level – 5 – 6)
- Feta cheese (pH level – 5 – 6.1)
- Brown rice (pH level – 6)
- Gin and Tonic (pH level – 6.9)
- Still water (pH level – 7.6)
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