The pH level of a healthy human mouth of 7.4, the same pH level as human saliva. When the pH level of the mouth drops below 5.5, the acidic materials inside the mouth erode teeth's' enamel and directly attack teeth's dentin. Studies have shown that excessive alkalinity in the mouth can also damage enamel and expose dentin for direct damage. Exposed dentin leads to exposed tooth pulp, causing problems such as sensitivity to temperatures and infected tooth pulp.
Food and Drinks that Cause pH Imbalance in Your Mouth
The most common acidic drinks are soft drinks, with a pH level of around 3.0. White wine is also acidic, with a pH level of 4.0. Some foods can be acidic as well, such as green cabbage (with a pH level of 5.5), American cheese (with a pH level of 4.98), and cherries (with pH levels ranging between 3.32 and 4.0).
How to Restore the pH Balance in Your Mouth
After eating or drinking something that is significantly acidic or alkaline, follow up by drinking a glass of tap water to wash away the pH-unbalancing materials. Adding brightly-colored vegetables to meals promotes healthy pH balances in both the mouth and the body. Refrain from brushing teeth immediately after a meal, as this will remove additional enamel and aggravate the teeth further. Cutting down the amount of bread intake will reduce the amount of acid in the mouth. Beans and seeds, in addition to their other health benefits, are alkaline, counteracting the acidity of other foods and beverages. Finally, drinking plenty of water will help restore the pH balance of both the mouth and the entire body.
If you have questions about how to maintain proper pH balance in your mouth, call our office for a consultation. We can provide dietary suggestions and oral care activities to keep your mouth healthy.