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Can Pickles Rot Your Teeth?

What do you think of when you think of foods that rot your teeth? If you’re like most people, you probably know enough to limit your intake of sugary candies and sodas. However, there are many other substances with the potential to quickly encourage tooth decay. One of the more surprising of these may be pickles.

This revelation is coming to us from a British study from 2004. Researchers took a look at the eating habits of a broad cross section of English teenagers, finding that many teenagers with excessive wear on their teeth consumed a large quantity of of pickles. It would seem that the problem with pickles is the vinegar, a highly acidic substance that has the same potential to weaken your tooth enamel that the acid produced by your oral bacteria dies.

If you’re a fan of pickles, the good news is that you’re probably not doing much harm to your teeth unless you eat a significant number of pickles more than once a day. So long as you are keeping up with your daily oral care routine and making your regular visits to our Bellingham dentist, there is no reason you shouldn’t be able to enjoy pickles.