What we eat can make or break our dental health, so we have to be conscious of what we are consuming. Many foods and beverages cause a bacteria-filled film called plaque, which causes tooth decay and gum disease. After you eat certain foods, bacteria releases acids that harm the tooth’s enamel and can lead to cavities.
Brushing and flossing are excellent dental hygiene practices, but you can further protect your teeth by avoiding the following foods.
1. Sugary Sour Candy
Ever since we were young, we learned that candy is not good for our teeth, but sour candy contains even more acids that have worse effects on your teeth. Not only are they chewy, but they stick to your teeth for longer, thus causing decay. If you are craving something sweet, grab something like chocolate or similar that you can wash easily when you are finished.
2. Potato Crisps
Although they serve as great snacks, they are loaded with starch. Starch then becomes sugar that can get caught in your teeth and cause plaque. Crisps are tricky because we tend to go for more than just one crisp, so the acid production lasts longer. It is essential to brush and floss to get anything that might’ve gotten stuck in between your teeth.
3. Dried Fruit
Dried fruits are healthy snacks, but you have to be careful with some like figs, prunes, raisins, and apricots because they get stuck to your teeth. Similar to sour candies, they cling to your teeth’ crevices, leaving sugar. We recommend rinsing, brushing, and flossing after you eat dried fruits. Fresh fruit is always more reliable than dried fruit.
As surprising as it might be, bread is not good for our teeth. Because of all the starches in it, when we chew bread, our saliva breaks them down into sugar. It is then left stuck in our teeth with the risk of causing cavities. If you can’t eat without bread, you can opt for less-refined types such as whole wheat bread. It is made up of less added sugars and can’t be broken down as easily.
How To Keep Your Teeth In Check
If you want your teeth and gums to remain healthy and cavity-free, you should avoid these foods and visit your dentist twice a year.
At Alan Wilson Dentistry, we will thoroughly examine your teeth to ensure that no early diseases or cavities are forming. We want to ensure your dental health and provide you with any information that will contribute to your dental well-being.