Citric acid consumption and the human dentition

J Am Dent Assoc. 1977 Jul;95(1):80-4. doi: 10.14219/jada.archive.1977.0551.


The habitual and abusive use of fruits and foods containing citric acid can cause serious dissolution effects on human tooth enamel. Because these effects can occur so easily, this paper suggests that foods and fruits containing citric acid, as well as other acids, could be definite contributors to the many other forms of idiopathic erosion so often observed by the dentist. There is a need for continued research and study in this area.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Citrates / adverse effects*
  • Citrates / pharmacology
  • Citrus / adverse effects*
  • Dental Enamel / drug effects
  • Dental Enamel Solubility / drug effects
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Tooth Erosion / chemically induced*


  • Citrates