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The International Journal of Drug Testing has found that a healthy pH for saliva lies between 5.6-7.9 levels. If the pH level in your mouth is less than 5.5 you will be at higher risk for dental caries because the acidity level erodes tooth enamel. Eating foods with a higher pH helps with alkalinity in the mouth.

What we eat and drink feeds the bacteria allowing them to create lactic acid which causes tooth decay over time. To limit bacteria, choose foods that balance the alkalinity of your saliva by creating an unfavorable environment for oral bacteria. One of the ways you can limit the growth of bacteria is by cutting back on sweet foods and drinks. This is important because acidic saliva can even cause tooth damage in the form of cavities, broken fillings, tooth sensitivity and receding gums over time.

Low pH Foods:
Energy drinks
Soda
Coffee
Beef
Bread
Nuts
Pasta
Pork

High pH Foods:
Spinach
Broccoli
Cucumbers
Green beans
Blueberries
Mangos
Avocados
Navy and lima beans

Give our team a call at Family Dentistry of Rockwall if you have any questions or concerns about your oral health. We can be reached at 972-772-3900 today!