The Worst Food for Your Teeth Is NOT SUGAR

Learn about the worst food that can severely erode your teeth, and it's not sugar! Fruit juice, diet soda, gummy bears, citric acid—find out which is the main culprit behind tooth decay and erosion.

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0:00 Intro: The worst types of food for your teeth
2:59 Why is citric acid terrible for your teeth?
3:30 How does citric acid affect the calcium in your teeth?
3:55 Worst types of citric acid
4:32 How to reduce acidic impact on your teeth

Our diet plays a crucial role in maintaining our overall health, including the health of our teeth and gums. Certain foods can lead to tooth enamel erosion, causing dental problems such as cavities, decay, and sensitivity.

Here are some of the worst foods you should avoid for your teeth:
• Diet soda
• Candy
• Powdered starches
• Liquid sugar containing high-fructose corn syrup
• Soda with phosphoric acid
• Gummy bears and caramels

But out of all these, the worst food for your teeth is not sugar but citric acid!

Citric acid is a common ingredient in many processed foods and drinks, including fruit juices, diet sodas, and even some toothpaste. Despite being found naturally in fruits like lemons and limes, the citric acid used in processed products is often synthetically made.

Citric acid is a powerful calcium chelator, which means it binds with calcium and pulls it out of teeth. This can lead to erosion and demineralization of teeth, causing them to weaken and become more susceptible to cavities.

The pH of citric acid is also a contributing factor. While the ideal pH in the mouth is slightly above 7 (neutral or slightly alkaline), citric acid has a lower pH of around 3 to 6, making it even more damaging.

The worst type of citric acid for teeth is trisodium citrate, also known as sodium citrate. It's commonly found in many processed products and is a major contributor to tooth erosion.

So what can you do to protect your teeth from the harmful effects of citric acid?
• Rinse your mouth with water after consuming anything
• Check labels carefully and opt for products without synthetic citric acid
• Use toothpaste that does not contain citric acid, or make your own at home using natural ingredients

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Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients, so he can focus on educating people as a full-time activity, yet he maintains an active license. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose, and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, prescription, or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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Thanks for watching! Stay mindful of citric acid in your diet and take steps to protect your teeth from its harmful effects. I'll see you in the next video!

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  • @Ultra_Marathoner_Denis_Keane says:

    My jaw and lower teeth are in bits, watching Dr Bergs videos my jaw always plummets to the ground 😮

  • @i.mahdihosseini says:

    00:00 🦷 Citric acid, not sugar, poses a significant threat to teeth due to its calcium-leeching properties.
    00:27 🥤 Diet soda might be worse for teeth than regular soda.
    01:07 🍬 Candy and powdered starches promote acid production, damaging teeth.
    01:20 🥤 Liquid sugar drinks increase acid exposure to teeth.
    01:49 🥤 Phosphoric acid in sodas can contribute to tooth erosion.
    02:15 🍬 Sticky candies prolong sugar exposure, exacerbating tooth damage.
    03:08 🍋 Citric acid, found naturally or synthetically, erodes teeth by binding with calcium.
    04:30 🚰 Gargling with water after consuming acidic or sugary substances helps minimize tooth damage.

  • @khaos1999 says:

    Oooooooo I’m so sick of maltidextrin!!! Once I learned about it, I was finding it in EVERYTHING

  • @thenashvillenightshow5119 says:

    Fascinating video. A must watch for everyone

  • @joans8945 says:

    Dentist here. Sticky raisins and dates can be an issue as well. Hydroxyapatite, which is what your teeth are made of, is now available in toothpastes and powders to help remineralize your teeth.

  • @Matthew25662 says:

    I’m afraid I have citric acid teeth. So much tart candy consumed in my youth. Thank you.

    • @TheSleepingonit says:

      I used to drink very strong lemon water

    • @funtimes8296 says:

      I use to live off candy, still intake a lot of sugar and soda and my dentist says I have some of the strongest enamel she’s ever seen. Also didn’t go to the dentist for 16 years and didn’t have one cavity…

    • @chadwellington2524 says:

      @@funtimes8296 cool story buddy, you are an outlier then lol and hat proves nothing… sugar/candy is clearly bad for teeth

    • @funtimes8296 says:

      @@chadwellington2524 Thanks for listening

    • @paigejude3260 says:

      Hey this is cool. Do you think you do anything special like drink a lot of milk? Why do you think you have such strong enamel?

  • @masonmarcobello3164 says:

    What’s the best way to make our teeth naturally whiter?

  • @candacea749 says:

    I’ve been using your recipe for toothpaste for the last couple months, not only has it changed the sensitivity on my teeth, but it also doesn’t make it feel like my teeth is being stripped with a highly abrasive material. Thank you for sharing that recipe! And thank you for, being honest about harmful foods that we are exposed to.

  • @franciscote9292 says:

    getting rid of all the processed foods is just the cure for everything. i dont have to read labels i already know i dont want it imma process my food myself

    • @HarrisonCountyStudio says:

      So true. Cutting out the processed foods can alleviate so many ailments; joint pain, seasonal allergies, to curing sleeplessness…

      Processed sugar is like a drug. It’s tough going the first 3-4 days of cutting it out, but your life will change. It’s almost a religious experience. ❤✌🏽

    • @XOChristianaNicole says:

      I went carnivore for four months (adrenals couldn’t handle it), and cut out majority of processed foods, for about 6-months after that.

      I still had progressives dental/decay issues — while using hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and fluoride-free.

      It’s a microbiome issue.

      I started using Dr. Ellie Phillips’ protocol (she’s here on YT) — and my teeth have begun to remineralize, less dark spots, and less sensitivity.

      And I eat processed foods, again.

      Sometimes, I even forget I didn’t brush my teeth, in the morning — because I wake up with zero morning breath, or ick in my mouth.

      I had a Fusobacterium infection, in my mouth, lungs, colon, and digestive tract (this is the bacterium that is the precursor to colon cancer, causes endometriosis, Crohn’s/UC, and so much more. We all have it, though, it can become opportunistic, in unwell/inflamed environments)..

      However, after getting surgery and a drainage tube, and even had a bunch of dental work done — it still was causing the tooth decay.

      I haven’t had issues, since I started this protocol.

    • @nsevv says:

      ​@@XOChristianaNicoleEvery food is processed the moment you grind, cook it.

    • @slimfit767 says:

      ​@@nsevvsmh

    • @yeah_1261 says:

      Can you list all the foods you eat then?

  • @keithmarshalldds511 says:

    Another DDS here. Also, don’t brush for at least a half hour after consuming anything sugary or acid since the tooth is soft and susceptible to toothbrush erosion.
    After every meal I have my patients rinse with water and then dissolve two xylitol mints in there mouth. Xylitol is a great neutralizer to the effects of sugar, etc.

  • @healing682 says:

    I can’t get my head around people that still drink sodas regularly. There is a world of options people don’t seem to be aware of.

    • @reneeann5340 says:

      Addiction

    • @healing682 says:

      @@reneeann5340 Not always, I was organising a family event on the other side of the world and I was advising not to have some drinks at a party and the response was – so what we can we drink (apart from sodas or wine). The average joe doesn’t look past supermarket shelves.

    • @patriciaoreilly8907 says:

      You can drink Coke through a stainless steel straw 😊

    • @healing682 says:

      @@patriciaoreilly8907 I have stomach ulcers. Stopped drinking sodas some 15 years ago. I used to have at least 4-5 cans a day as a teenager.

    • @soulsistah5738 says:

      @@patriciaoreilly8907lmaoo yea ok

  • @fidelcatsro6948 says:

    Dr Berg notes:

    Our diet plays a crucial role in maintaining our overall health, including the health of our teeth and gums. Certain foods can lead to tooth enamel erosion, causing dental problems such as cavities, decay, and sensitivity.

    Here are some of the worst foods you should avoid for your teeth:
    • Diet soda
    • Candy
    • Powdered starches
    • Liquid sugar containing high-fructose corn syrup
    • Soda with phosphoric acid
    • Gummy bears and caramels

    But out of all these, the worst food for your teeth is not sugar but citric acid!

    Citric acid is a common ingredient in many processed foods and drinks, including fruit juices, diet sodas, and even some toothpaste. Despite being found naturally in fruits like lemons and limes, the citric acid used in processed products is often synthetically made.

    Citric acid is a powerful calcium chelator, which means it binds with calcium and pulls it out of teeth. This can lead to erosion and demineralization of teeth, causing them to weaken and become more susceptible to cavities.

    The pH of citric acid is also a contributing factor. While the ideal pH in the mouth is slightly above 7 (neutral or slightly alkaline), citric acid has a lower pH of around 3 to 6, making it even more damaging.

    The worst type of citric acid for teeth is trisodium citrate, also known as sodium citrate. It’s commonly found in many processed products and is a major contributor to tooth erosion.

    So what can you do to protect your teeth from the harmful effects of citric acid?
    • Rinse your mouth with water after consuming anything
    • Check labels carefully and opt for products without synthetic citric acid
    • Use toothpaste that does not contain citric acid, or make your own at home using natural ingredients

    Thank you Dr Berg!
    🐱👍

  • @CatsMeow2.0-gr8gr says:

    Don’t forget to use a “straw” when consuming ACV, lemon drink ✅

  • @rus1078 says:

    They put citric acid in so many products now not just junk . Really need to read labels 🤓

  • @josefserf1926 says:

    Regularly rinsing your mouth out with water will go a long way towards protecting your oral health.

    • @Ashtarot77 says:

      Having water with a meal or afterwards helps in that respect.

    • @Penland1234 says:

      Alternate between oil pulling, toothpaste, and floss.

    • @mumenrider862 says:

      Yep. Havent brushed for over 6 years. Just waterpik 3x a day. Teeth and gums never looked better. Fluoride is poison and toothpaste contains sugar.

    • @mumenrider862 says:

      @@Penland1234 skip the toothpaste and waterpik 2-3x a day and chew on a clove after. Fluoride is poison.

    • @7x779 says:

      Only if done immediately after a meal, otherwise it’s bad for your teeth because your mouth starts secreting minerals immediately to rebuild the teeth and you drink water frequently you’re just rinsing the minerals out

      Look at Dr Ellie’s videos on mouth care, it works, I’ve done it

  • @Scoobystyle says:

    I wanted to thank you, I’m fighting my way out out a 6 year depression, and 20 years of narcotics “prescribed only”. I don’t go to any doctors, but I got lucky finding your channel, while looking for “how to mix the vinegar and lemon juice”. Healthy body leads to a healthy mind. Also I wish there were more videos on how diet soda changes the way you digest food, there are caffeine alternatives. You make keto easier to understand as well! Anyway, “THANK YOU”

    • @Jess-kn8vl says:

      Congrats! 🌱

    • @w1975b says:

      Carbonated anything will neutralize stomach acid. This means sparkling water, regular and diet soda, champagne, beer, alka seltzer, etc. You won’t digest your food within a certain amount of time of consuming carbonation.

    • @iwonafeliszek says:

      Good luck with fighting depression. Everybody deserves to be happy ❤

    • @302Notary-fingerprintboss says:

      @scoobystyle! Wahoo🎉!!!! Congratulations on your success Best wishes for lifetime success on your journey ❤

    • @cecemeadows8117 says:

      You said prescribed only like drugs aren’t drugs.. Addiction is addiction.❤

  • @hpagoda says:

    Strict carnivore has completely transformed my teeth and gums

  • @rosyclown says:

    I am not giving up grapefruits, oranges, lemons and citrus. It’s the stuff of life! However, I agree , we must brush our teeth after enjoying.

    • @Sisiana311 says:

      yes, but if you brush your teeth straight after eating citruses, you’ll damage your teeth enamel Just wait for at least 30minutes. It’s better to just gargle plain water.

  • @lisalau2452 says:

    I brought citric acid to clean the inside of my toilet water tank. It works really well.

  • @BM-7888 says:

    DR. BERG, PLEASE MAKE A VIDEO ON-
    DOES PROLONGED FASTING KILL WORMS & PARASITES?

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR HARD WORK AND DEDICATION IN SAVING HUMANITY!

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