Unless it’s candy, you might not consider how everything you consume affects your teeth. In fact, if they don’t contain tons of sugar, you might not believe that your food and beverages affect your teeth at all. The truth, however, is that every tasty bite and satisfying sip can influence your dental health. Fortunately, that’s not always a bad thing, especially if you know to avoid some of the worst foods for your teeth.
More than Just Sugar
Sugars (and other carbohydrates) are a threat because oral bacteria convert them into acid. The more of it you eat or drink, the more acid oral bacteria can produce, and the more damage your teeth will sustain. Still, candy and sugar aren’t the only threatening substances:
- Ice—As a method to cool your beverage, nothing works quite like ice. As something to chew on when you’re nervous, bored, or simply out of habit, ice is highly destructive. The pressure it takes to consistently crush ice can wear down and damage your teeth, not to mention exhaust your jaw joints and muscles.
- Too many citrus fruits—Fruits and vegetables are healthier than most other food choices, but the excessive acids found in citrus fruits, like oranges, lemons, and limes, can prove disastrous for your tooth enamel. Fruit juices, which often contain added sugar as well as acidic fruit content, can also be dangerous to your teeth.
- Dried fruits—Even if they aren’t acidic, dried fruits are sticky enough to cling to your teeth long after you’re done snacking on them. Any foods, when left on your teeth long enough, can feed harmful oral bacteria and increase your risks of tooth decay and gum disease.
- Popcorn—Though a favorite of fair enthusiasts and movie-goers all over, popcorn is also notorious for its ability to work its way between the crags and crevices of your teeth. Like dried fruits and other sticky foods, popcorn can linger long enough to feed bacteria, and can irritate and inflame the gum tissues around your teeth.
ABOUT YOUR SOUTHLAKE DENTISTS:
As a native Texan, Gregory Wright, DDS, opened his private practice in Southlake, TX in 1992. He and Dr. Victoria Heron are happily accepting new patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities. To learn more, call our office today at (817) 481-7999.