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8 Foods That are Ruining Your Oral Health

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8 Foods That are Ruining Your Oral Health

Most dentists, including our experienced team, mention a list of foods that you must avoid to keep oral issues at bay. If you didn’t pay attention to our advice, here is a list for your reference. Make sure you read this and never forget it.

1) Candies

You can say that sugar is the main enemy of your oral health. The sugar in candies and even cough drops remain in your mouth when you suck or chew on them for a long time. The residues then feed bacteria that are responsible for most oral problems. These bacteria release acids that break down the enamel and cause dental and gum diseases. This way, prolonged exposure to sugary foods and beverages can be a starting point to most issues in your mouth. You can wither cut down on them or make it a point to rinse your mouth with plain water after every consumption.

2) Ice

Some people think that ice is all water, so it is safe and good to eat ice. But this isn’t the truth. Although ice is just water, it is water in solidified form. And chewing anything too hard isn’t good for oral health. Similarly, chewing ice leads to several oral issues like tooth enamel breakdown. When the dental enamel depletes, that’s when most oral issues begin. Sensitivity, yellow teeth, tooth infection, cavities, and a lot more occur because of the same. And if your teeth are weak, they may even break if you keep chewing ice consistently. The same reasoning applies to unpopped popcorn kernels. 

3) Dried Fruits

There are several reasons why different dried fruits aren’t great for your teeth and gums. Talking about the soft but sticky ones, they tend to stick or leave their residues on your teeth and in the crevices. Also, they are extremely high in sugar content, meaning your teeth are exposed to sugar. On the other hand, nuts are hard and can affect your teeth just the way ice or popcorn can. You cannot forgo all dried fruits. So, just try to eat them as part of a meal rather than as a snack. That way, you’ll be able to brush your teeth soon afterwards.

4) Bread

Bread, irrespective of the type, isn’t healthy for your mouth. Even if you switch to brown bread, considering it is good for your health, it isn’t a great idea for your teeth. When you chew bread, your saliva breaks down the starches into sugar. Now transformed into a gummy paste-like substance, the bread sticks in your interdental spaces. This residue of starch in your mouth is responsible for breaking down the enamel and feed disease-causing bacteria. If you can’t give up on bread, you can at least cut down on it to keep your oral health good. The same goes for practically any other starchy foods, especially fried potato snacks and crackers. While most these don’t contain sugars or acids and don’t stain your teeth, they are still pretty dangerous to your teeth. 

5) Sugary and Aerated Drinks

Not only can sweet treats get stuck between your teeth, but certain types of bacteria in your mouth can also convert the sugar they contain into a sticky substance called exopolysaccharide, which can coat your teeth, making it easier for unwanted bacteria to stick to them. Sodas are highly acidic, and the acids found in them can harm your teeth even more than sugar by striping minerals from your enamel. Hence, even sugar-free (diet) sodas are still pretty bad for your teeth as they contain citric and phosphoric acid.

6) Coffee

It’s common knowledge how bad coffee stains your teeth, and coffee stains are among the worst for your teeth as they are very resistant. In addition, just like with wine, coffee makes teeth sticky and also dries out your mouth because of tannic acid in it. It gets even worse if you add sugar to sweeten your coffee as there are few things worse for your teeth than sugar. Coffee is also acidic, which we know wears down enamel. 

7) Vinegar and Pickles

Vinegar is almost everywhere – in salad dressings, sauces, pickles and even in some potato chips. But did you know that excess vinegar isn’t healthy for your mouth? Most dentists, including ours, say that an increased risk of enamel erosion for people who frequently consume vinegar-containing foods. It’s a crucial ingredient for a tasty salad and other dishes, but you need to remember to rinse your mouth with water afterwards to minimize the potential danger. Moreover, pickles and sauces also contain acids that aren’t good for your teeth. So either cut down on the consumption or rinse your mouth after every consumption.

8) Alcohol

Apart from the fact that alcohol is highly acidic and full of sugar, it also has a diuretic effect on the body, which is why you wake up after a few drinks feeling like you’ve been chewing on sandpaper. Alcohol causes dehydration and dry mouth. This reduces saliva flow which can cause serious problems over time, such as tooth decay and gum disease. Hence, you’ll find a lot of dentists suggesting that you must cut down on whisky, rum, beer, and most importantly, the consumption of wine, both red and white.

Want to know which foods are good for your mouth and which can destroy your teeth? Visit our dentists in Edmonton today, and we’ll guide you with the right diet tips for your oral health. And if you are concerned about your oral health because of your existing eating habits, let our dentists examine your mouth and let you know if there’s something to worry about.

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