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Acidity of Food and Drinks

The acidity of our diet can contribute to enamel erosion, or the thinning and loss of tooth enamel, the top layer of our teeth and hardest substance in our body. In some cases, our teeth may become sensitive especially to cold temperatures. Teeth will also appear more yellow as the second layer of tooth, dentin, shows through more and more prominently.

pH is a measure of acidity. The lower the pH, the more acidic something is. These values are just general ranges taken from different references.
Battery Acid: 0.8
Lemon Juice: 2-2.6
Wine: 2.3-3.8
Sports Drinks: 2.3-4.4
Cola: 2.4-2.6
Fruits: strawberries, grapefruit, oranges, apples, blueberries, including juices and apple sauce: 2.8-5.4
Vinegar: 3.2
Root beer: 3.8-4.0
Beer: 4.0
Bananas: 4.5-5.2
cheese: 5.1-6.0
Tooth enamel wears down below 5.5 
Pears: 5.7
Dentin wears below 6.5 
Milk: 6.4-6.8
Eggs: 6.6
Water: 7.3

Note: Milk and cheeses also contain minerals that help strengthen our teeth and bones

Tips to aid in prevention:

Rinsing with water, chewing sugarless gum (with xylitol), wait at least 30 minutes to brush, fluoride mouthrinses, dry mouth toothpastes and rinses, limit exposure (not just the amount but the time period of exposure is more important). Ask your dentist for case specific tips.Coming soon.