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Old 06-14-2019, 02:17 PM   #1
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Citrus acid fruits bad or good for the teeth?

Hi again, Does all citrus acid fruits like lemons bad for the teeth and damage tooth enamel?

I found contradictions on the web about citrus acid. 1 source saying its good for teeth, gums and great for teeth animal while another says the opposite, that its bad for the teeth, makes it rot or damages tooth enamel so I came here to find out the truth about this, if anyone knows.

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Old 06-14-2019, 06:40 PM   #2
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Acid is bad for the teeth ( enamel) . Citrus being higher in acid than many other fruits would make it more likely to damage the teeth. It happens over a long period of time, not just from eating one orange. Could take months or longer to show signs of damage. If the enamel wears away, the second layer of the tooth is exposed which could make the tooth more susceptible to cavities, more sensitive to temperature ( usually cold). and thinner making the edges more likely to fracture under normal circumstances.

Everyone blames sugar, but its the acid produced by the bacteria that does the tooth damage.
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Highly acidic foods could cause the gums to become red and irritated, and occasionally the outer layer could turn white and actually peel off. Sometimes people with toothaches will put an aspirin on the gum next to the tooth, hoping it will relieve the pain. Aspirin is an acid. Usually after doing this, the tissue where the aspirin was touching actually becomes necrotic and peels off ( basically dies).

In most cases, after eating just about anything, as long as you clean your teeth ( brush and floss ) little or no damage will be done. Some people are more prone to cavities than others ( could be a genetic or anatomical thing).

Sticky foods ( not just candy, but dried fruits and things like that) cause damage cause they adhere too the tooth and are more difficult to clean off , therefore holding the bacteria against the tooth, feeding it with its sugar and producing the acid to do damage.
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Another example of how acid affects tooth is people who have GERD or other reflux issues ( bulimia also). The acid from the stomach comes up and damages usually the surfaces behind the front teeth. Wearing away all the enamel, making the teeth thin and brittle ( and often sensitive).
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https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-t...and-your-teeth
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Old 06-14-2019, 07:45 PM   #6
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Thank you for all the great info, Larry. If we weren't on opposite sides of the country, I'd think you were my dentist. He says the same thing.
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Thank you for all the great info, Larry. If we weren't on opposite sides of the country, I'd think you were my dentist. He says the same thing.
Thats reassuring

So many crappy websites out there giving bogus info ( on everything).
File this one under you can't believe everything you read.
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You're a dentist, aren't you Larry?

Is there any truth to the belief that small amounts of worn off enamel can be replaced with proper diet and non-acidic environment in the mouth?
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Old 06-14-2019, 08:41 PM   #9
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Yes I am, and yes and no.

Very very small amounts can potentially remineralize , so the enamel has to be there, but it can technically become more dense and stronger ( which can sometimes be detected on an X-ray) . As far as gowing or forming enamel in an area where the enamel has worn away, to my knowledge thats not possible.
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Thanks Larry.
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