Are Pickles Rotting Your Teeth?

It’s old news that candy and other sugary foods encourage tooth rot. Of course, this is not the only way to get a cavity quickly. There are some tooth-rotting foods that you may never expect to be harsh on your enamel, one of these being pickles.

This revelation comes to us from a team of British researchers, who conducted a study on the eating habits of English teenagers. Many of these teenagers had a penchant for pickles, and these same youths were found to have a particular tendency for tooth decay. The acidic vinegar used in the pickling process is apparently to blame for this decay, as it has largely the same effect on your enamel that your oral bacteria does.

If you like pickles, the good news is that you have to eat a significant number of pickled substances for it to have a notable effect on your teeth. Be mindful of your eating habits, get your regular cleanings with our Issaquah dentist, and you should be able to ward off cavities while still enjoying your favorite pickled foods.