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Sometimes food that's good for your body isn't necessarily the best for your teeth. Although some healthy foods can harm your teeth and gums, there are steps that can be taken to allow you to continue to enjoy these foods, even when your goal is to improve your health. The malority of people that begin to improve their health tend to switch out sugarly foods in favor of fruits and vegetables. However, it's worth knowing that most fruits are highly acidic and composed of natural sugars. Some of the highly acidic fruits to watch out for include apples, grapes, strawberries, pineapples, blueberries, oranges, and grapefruit. Moderation is key here, as with all other things. Fruits can be a great source of energy to help you through your day, but try not to overdo them.
Often, peple also incorporate more leafy greens into their diet, which means plenty of salads. Salad dressing is another item that can be of dental concern. Many dressings are filled with vinegars and sweeteners that include harmful acids, which change the pH of your mouth. When your mouth shifts from alkaline to acidic, your smile also turns to a higher risk for erosion and decay.
Rather than get rid of these foods altogether, simply change what you do after you eat them. Rinse your mouth out with water, wait to brush your teeth until 20 minutes after consumption, or eat alkalizing foods like diary products such as eggs, yogurt, or any type of vegetable.