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Can citric acid cause tooth decay?

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Drinks and candies that contain citric acid can wear away the enamel (outer layer) of your teeth. This can make your teeth more sensitive, turn them yellow, and make it more likely you'll get cavities.

From: What Is Citric Acid? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

The Royal Society of Chemistry: "Citric Acid."

ChemistrySafetyFacts.org/American Chemistry Council: "Citric Acid." CosmeticsInfo.org: "Citric Acid."

Toxicology Reports: "Potential role of the common food additive manufactured citric acid in eliciting significant inflammatory reactions contributing to serious disease states: A series of four case reports."

American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology: "Citric Acid and Citrus Allergy."

Cleveland Clinic: "Citric Acid; Potassium Citrate Oral Solution."

Eatright.org: "What are Food Additives?"

Chemistry Central Journal: "Citric acid: emerging applications of key biotechnology industrial product."

Cosmetic Ingredient Review: "Final Report: On the Safety Assessment of Citric Acid, Inorganic Citrate Salts, and Alkyl Citrate Esters as Used in Cosmetics."

American Dental Association: "Erosion: What You Eat and Drink Can Impact Teeth."

National Kidney Foundation: "Metabolic Acidosis."

European Union: "Citric Acid: Evaluation of Active Substances/Assessment Report."

Mayo Clinic: "Food Allergy vs. Food Intolerance: What's the Difference?"

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on August 26, 2019

SOURCES:

The Royal Society of Chemistry: "Citric Acid."

ChemistrySafetyFacts.org/American Chemistry Council: "Citric Acid." CosmeticsInfo.org: "Citric Acid."

Toxicology Reports: "Potential role of the common food additive manufactured citric acid in eliciting significant inflammatory reactions contributing to serious disease states: A series of four case reports."

American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology: "Citric Acid and Citrus Allergy."

Cleveland Clinic: "Citric Acid; Potassium Citrate Oral Solution."

Eatright.org: "What are Food Additives?"

Chemistry Central Journal: "Citric acid: emerging applications of key biotechnology industrial product."

Cosmetic Ingredient Review: "Final Report: On the Safety Assessment of Citric Acid, Inorganic Citrate Salts, and Alkyl Citrate Esters as Used in Cosmetics."

American Dental Association: "Erosion: What You Eat and Drink Can Impact Teeth."

National Kidney Foundation: "Metabolic Acidosis."

European Union: "Citric Acid: Evaluation of Active Substances/Assessment Report."

Mayo Clinic: "Food Allergy vs. Food Intolerance: What's the Difference?"

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on August 26, 2019

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