Although many foods taste good, some of them are bad for your teeth. Most are fine in moderation, but certain choices may lead to tooth decay, increased acidity in the mouth, or damage to your teeth when consumed excessively.
Try to select healthy foods whenever you can. If you’re presented with not-so-healthy choices, some foods are worse than others. The team at Jackson Center for Smiles wants to help you avoid the worst foods for your teeth.
Foods to Avoid
White Bread — When you chew bread, your saliva has enzymes to break down the starch into sugar. The bread becomes a gummy substance and can get stuck between your teeth, which may cause cavities.
Carbonated Drinks — Drinking too many carbonated drinks can damage your teeth. Soda allows plaque to produce more acid to stick to the tooth enamel. A person who drinks soda all day is coating their teeth with acid. Also, the beverages can dry out your mouth, and the reduced amount of saliva may lead to decay.
Sour Candy — Candy is known to be bad for your teeth. Sour candy is worse because it contains different acids that are harder on teeth. Gummy snacks stick to your teeth for a longer time and are more likely to cause tooth decay.
Citrus Fruits — Citrus fruits such as lemon and grapefruit can wear away your enamel with the acids they contain. Don’t brush your teeth before consumption. Rinse your mouth after eating citrus fruits, and wait at least 30 minutes to brush your teeth.
Ice — We all know water is good for you, but consuming it in its frozen form is not. Chewing on hard substances like ice can damage enamel and cause problems such as chipped or broken teeth and loose crowns.
For healthy teeth, make better food choices to avoid cavities, worn enamel, or injuries to your teeth. By changing your habits and picking healthier snack items, you can enjoy food without damaging your teeth.
Always practice good oral hygiene and get regular exams and cleanings. Contact our office to schedule an appointment. We serve patients in Jackson, Mississippi, and the surrounding areas.