The foods we eat have so many properties that we don’t often consider—one of which is its pH level, a measure of acidic and alkaline foods. While acidic and alkaline foods each offer different qualities, both types of foods are good for you in moderation.
Research shows that acidic and alkaline foods can have an impact on the health of our teeth’s enamel. In fact, one-third of 700 dentists surveyed by the Academy of General Dentistry say acidic foods and beverages are the most common contributors to tooth sensitivity, followed by toothbrushing technique. (1)
Sensitive Teeth and Acidic and Alkaline Foods
Drinking and eating many acidic foods such as sport drinks, orange juice, tomatoes, fruit and yogurt can cause painful sensitivity in your teeth. Balancing acidic and alkaline foods in equal amounts can help neutralize the acidity of these foods and help keep your teeth in better health.
Those who experience serious sensitivity from an imbalance of acidic and alkaline foods can take comfort in knowing there are numerous ways to prevent and treat sensitivity.
For example, you can use a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth. These specialized toothpaste formulas may include an ingredient called stannous fluoride, which is designed to protect teeth against painful sensitivity. You can also switch to a softer toothbrush and use an extra-soft and gentle floss to keep your teeth and gums healthy. All Crest Pro-Health toothpastes are triclosan free.