Foods that Are Surprisingly Bad for Your TeethFebruary 13, 2018 1:42 pm
It’s no surprise that candy, sugary sodas, and coffee are all bad for your teeth. But did you know there are even some healthy foods that can wreak havoc on your oral health? We don’t want you or your child to avoid these foods because they contribute to a well-balanced diet, but we do recommend you practice good dental habits to make sure they don’t cause damage to your teeth.
5 Foods That Can Harm Your Smile
Fruit is good for your teeth, right? Surprisingly, not all. Citrus fruits are packed with vitamin C but can have a negative impact on your dental health. They are highly acidic and can wear down your enamel. Without the protective layer of enamel, your teeth are more prone to cavities and sensitivity.
Like citrus fruits, vinegar is also extremely acidic. Vinegar is found in a variety of foods including pickles, salad dressings, and other sauces. It can have damaging effects on your teeth, such as decay, cavities, weakened enamel, and more.
Almonds have healthy fats and high levels of vitamin E. However, they can be rough on your teeth. They’re hard to bite into and can put a lot of stress on your teeth when you bite down. If you want to eat almonds, it’s better to eat them when they’re in fine slivers or chopped up.
Dried fruit is a great source of fiber, but it’s packed full of sugar. Because of its sticky nature, it binds sugar to your teeth which can cause an excess amount of enamel erosion. We all love raisins and dried apricots, but for the sake of your teeth, it may be best to stick with fresh fruit as much as possible.
White bread contains a surprising amount of sugar. You may have noticed when you’re eating a sandwich that it’s very sticky and hard to remove from the roof of your mouth. It also sticks in between your teeth and can erode your healthy tooth enamel.
Reduce Tooth Decay with Preventive Measures
When you’re consuming foods that can damage your teeth or cause tooth decay, it’s important to rinse your mouth with water or brush your teeth after eating. Preventive measures can let you eat the foods you love without compromising your oral health. Another great way to stay on top of your oral hygiene is to schedule routine visits to the dentist every six months. Dr. Ayala can examine your child’s smile and catch any potential problems before they worsen. Is your child due for a routine teeth cleaning and exam? Call our friendly office today!