Acidic and basic are two extremes that describe chemicals, just like hot and cold are two extremes that describe temperature. A substance that is neither acidic nor basic is neutral. The pH scale measures how acidic or basic a substance is. It ranges from 0 to 14. A pH of 7, such as pure water is neutral. A pH less than 7 is acidic and greater than 7 is basic. Each whole pH value below 7 is ten times more acidic than the next higher value. For example, a pH of 4 is ten times more acidic than a pH of 5 and 100 times (10 x 10) more acidic than a pH of 6. The same holds true for pH values above 7, each of which is ten times more basic than the next lower whole value.
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How pH in beverages affect your teeth
The pH of the acid in dental plaque is 4; therefore it will dissolve enamel. When the enamel dissolves for a period of time, cavities will form. Enamel dissolves below 5.50, and Dentin dissolves below 6.50. Take a look at the chart below and let us know if you have any questions, or would like to schedule an appointment for a consultation or call 614-739-0819 today!
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