The Tooth-Rotting Effect of Pickles

If you’re suffering from tooth decay, you may want to take a look at what foods may be to blame. One of the obvious culprits is candy and other sugary substances. If you’re already cutting back on the sugar, though, you may want to look at other potential tooth-rotters, like pickles.

Though pickles may not occur to you as a food with strong tooth-rotting potential, a diet rich in pickled substances can take its toll on your enamel fairly quickly. Though light in sugars or carbs, the vinegar and other substances used in the pickling process makes them highly acidic. This acid can weaken your tooth enamel just as easily as the acid secreted by your oral bacteria does

In a study conducted in 2004, British researchers took a look at the dining habits of a selection of teenagers. It was found that those who ate a significant number of pickles experienced more tooth decay than others. If you, too, enjoy eating pickles every day, be sure to be mindful of your habits and never skip your regular cleanings at our Bellevue dentist.