Are you eating food and drink that are bad for your teeth? Do not ignore the dangers that come with damaging properties. Properties such as sugar and acid are examples of properties that do more harm to teeth than good.
Whilst brushing and flossing your teeth contributes to healthy teeth and a healthy mouth, the food and drink that you consume can significantly detract from this.
Understanding the dangers to your oral health should be enough to change your lifestyle and ensure it includes a balanced diet, no smoking, no consumption of alcohol and no consumption of sugar and acidic properties.
Now, let’s view the food and drink that contains these properties that are bad for teeth and that you should consider avoiding.
Foods That Contain Citrus
If you eat fruits such as oranges and lemons, whilst they are packed with vitamin C properties, you also become vulnerable to tooth decay, and your enamel can become damaged very quickly. This is even the case when you squeeze a lemon or lime into water. It is recommended that you drink in moderation and rinse your mouth at least 30 minutes after consuming.
Are you an alcohol drinker? Alcohol has never been healthy, but you’re doing more damage to your oral health. Drinking alcohol can lead to dry mouth, meaning your saliva production is low. Saliva is a key property in fighting bacteria and acid off teeth thats makes sure no food debris sticks on teeth. In order to keep yourself hydrated, consider reducing your alcohol intake and replacing it with water.
Soda Carbonated Drinks
Nothing good comes out of drinking soda drinks such as Cola, Lemonade and Spritzers. If you also think that consuming “diet” sodas are worth it, they’re not. This is because they contain artificial sugars which are just as bad for your teeth. Soda carbonated drinks creates plaque build-up to attack your tooth enamel. Sodas can also discolour and darken the shade of your teeth. Reduce your soda intake as much as you can.
The worst thing about candy is they are coated with sugar on the outside. This should be enough of a deterrent to not eat them. Candy’s contain different acids that can damage your teeth. Also, candy is chewy. This means that they’re likely to stick onto teeth and be difficult to rinse away. If you’re guilty of a candy treat or two, it’s recommended that you consider alternative options.
Now you may be a tad surprised with this one. Dried fruit is always been promoted as healthy snacks. Although, expect more dried fruits to contain sugar, which triggers tooth decay. Fresh fruits are considered better because they can produce saliva. Dried fruits can stick to teeth and cause plaque build-up and bacteria. Consider eating saliva-rich fruits instead whilst adopting these hidden hygiene tips.
Consuming the foods and drinks in moderation is something that is recommended particularly if you’re a heavy sugar and acidic eater. It is easy to brush and floss your teeth and believe that is acceptable. What about the time in between the food you’ve consumed and when you brush? Damage is although minute but fairly instant when sugar and acid stick to teeth. You’re introducing tooth decay as well, which may require these emergency treatments. Therefore, balance your diet out and either reduce the consumption of these foods or avoid at all costs. You could be at risk for dental emergency treatment or an emergency check-up at the dentist.
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