Acidic Fruit Apparently can Damage the Teeth, is it Right?
TIMESHONGKONG, JAKARTA – Like to eat acidic fruit apparently can damage the teeth. This is because the acidic pH content in some acidic fruits can erode the natural minerals that make up the enamel. Enamel (email) is the hardest and outermost layer of teeth, which you can see when mirroring. This erosion process is called tooth erosion.
As reported by Hello Sehat, the exposure to acids that are continuously received by the teeth will further weaken the structure of the tooth surface which causes open dentine (the middle layer of the tooth). Email loss in the teeth can make the surface or the shape of the teeth become uneven, teeth shorten, sensitive teeth, or even broken.
According to the research, pH that can damage teeth is equal to or below 5.5. An example of an acid fruit that can damage teeth is a lemon because this yellow fruit has a high acidity. Other fruits that are at risk of damaging teeth are grapes, pineapple, mangoes, oranges, and other sour taste fruits.
How fast the tooth decay occurs afterwards also depends on how you eat it. Teeth can be damaged quickly if the fruit is consumed by sucking or chewing directly from the fruit pieces. Drinking orange juice using a straw, for example, will not have much impact on the teeth.
Another thing that affects the risk of tooth decay other than sour fruit is how strong your teeth are and how often do you brush your teeth all this time. If you are among those who rarely brush teeth, of course the risk of tooth decay can occur more quickly and severely. (*)