6 Foods That Are Bad for Your Teeth
You want to do everything you can to protect your teeth. You do well brushing and flossing your teeth. You visit your dentist for regular checkups. But, do you think about the food you are eating? Certain foods are actually worse for your teeth than others. Check out this list of foods that might be doing more damage to your teeth than you ever imagined.
You are probably saying, “Really? Bread is bad for my teeth?” And the answer is: Yes. Because of the high starch content in bread when it starts to break down it quickly turns to sugar in your mouth. Additionally, when you chew on bread it becomes somewhat “gummy” and has a tendency to stick to your teeth. Seek out bread that contains more whole grains and less refined flours to help your teeth out.
- Sticky Foods
This is a no-brainer when it comes to knowing which foods to avoid. Sticky candies and even things like dried fruits tend to get stuck on your teeth. Like bread, the excess sugars are not good for your teeth and gums.
- Caffeinated Drinks
Sodas, coffees, and teas may not be the best choice when it comes to helping keep your mouth healthy. Caffeinated beverages can dry out your mouth meaning you are not producing saliva to help keep sugars from sticking to your teeth. Additionally, many sodas are highly acidic and can break down the enamel on your teeth. Swap caffeinated drinks for water when possible.
Like caffeinated drinks, alcohol leads to dry mouth and dehydration. You want to make sure your mouth is producing saliva to help control plaque buildup on your teeth.
Potato chips, corn chips, tortilla chips are all notoriously starchy and that starch gets stuck in your teeth. When they get stuck on your teeth or below the gum line, they feed the plaque in your mouth which can lead to gum disease.
- Citrus Fruits
Oranges and grapefruit may taste delicious and are packed with Vitamin C, but they contain tremendous amounts of acid. All of that acid can erode your tooth enamel making your teeth vulnerable to cavities. Seek out other foods that are high in Vitamin C and eat citrus fruits in moderation.
Of course, we know that you are most likely going to consume some of these foods. Like everything in life, moderation is key. And, of course, be sure to brush and floss your teeth after eating any of the six foods on this list. Proper dental care can go a long way to keeping your smile healthy.