Watch Your Citrus Intake! (how citrus affects oral health)


How Citric Acid Affects Oral Health 
Citric acid is found in many different things most people probably use or eat or drink daily! Some of these common culprits might surprise you. Cosmetics, gels and liquids, cleaning products, pharmaceuticals, and even dietary supplements commonly contain citric acid. It's even frequently added to various food products to boost flavors or help with preservation. 

Citric Acid found naturally in

  • Limes
  • Oranges
  • Lemons
  • Pineapple
  • Cherries
  • Tomatoes

Added Citric Acid: Cheese, Milk, Soft-drinks, Powdered drinks, Frozen treats, and even some candy

There are a few things to be aware of if you are eating or drinking a lot of these acidic items on a regular basis. Over time foods and drinks with high citric acid content can lead to the erosion of the enamel on your teeth. When erosion has progressed into the softer, inner layer of your tooth (called the dentin) you will start to experience sensitivity and pain. If you don't address the erosion, it can eventually involve the nerve portion of your tooth which could result in the need for a root canal.

If you would like more information on the effects of citric acid due to fruits, read more here.




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