Just like with soda, bottled juice can be acidic and can also contain high amounts of sugar. The sugar feeds bacteria in your mouth, which leads to tooth decay. The good thing is that there is a surprising alternative–apple juice. “There’s usually no added sugar in apple juice,” says Tyrone Rodriguez, DDS, director of pediatric dentistry at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Rodriguez does suggest you water down your apple juice to decrease the natural sugar.
11. Pasta Sauce
Vegetables are considered to be incredibly healthy, as is the case with tomatoes. But these red flavor-filled veggies are also acidic. “Eating tomato sauce with spaghetti doubles the damage to enamel,” says Dr. Quartey. The acid in the sauce can break down the enamel on your teeth, and the carbs in the pasta feed cavity-causing bacteria.
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Bottled water? Yes, you read that correctly. Plain water can contain minerals for added flavor that increase acidity. Water can be as acidic as coffee or tea. Distilled water usually indicates that the water is less acidic.