Whether they promote staining or decay, some foods are just not good for your teeth. By avoiding these foods and following a good home care routine accompanied with regular oral exams, you will be able to have your healthiest smile possible.
- Coffee and Tea: These probably don’t come as surprise to most of us. If you’ve ever spilled one of these popular beverages on a light-colored fabric, you’ve no doubt learned their uncanny ability to cause hard-to-remove stains. In fact, they have even been used as fabric dyes in some cultures. Unfortunately, drinking coffee and tea can leave stains on your teeth as well.
- Dried Fruits: Many opt for dry fruits as a healthy snack to take with them when they’re on the go. The drying process causes the natural sugars in fruits like grapes and apricots to become heavily concentrated. This is why dried fruit feels sticky compared to fresh fruits. These fruits cling to your teeth when chewing and their sugars attract bacteria to the surface of your teeth.
- Citrus Fruits: Naturally high in acids, citrus fruits like limes and lemons can etch away at your enamel and cause tooth decay and increased sensitivity to hot and cold.
- Berries/Cherries: Berries have increased in popularity thanks to the benefits they offer to your overall health. Blueberries, cherries and cranberries will cause staining to your teeth over time. Rather than giving them up, make sure you rinse your mouth out with water after eating.
- Candy: Whether you choose hard or chewy candies, both can cause damage to your teeth when consumed. Their high sugar content attracts bacteria to your teeth and causes tooth decay.
- Crackers/Breads: Your teeth are giving you yet one more reason to switch to a low-carb lifestyle. Starches in refined carbohydrates turn into sugar when they are broken down during chewing. As mentioned before, oral bacteria loves sugar and will flock to the surface of your teeth. When bacteria feed on these sugars, an acid is produced that destroys your tooth enamel.
- Wine: You may think red wine should be avoided because of its staining properties, but actually all forms of wine can be harmful to your teeth for a different reason. Wine contains several acids that can cause tooth decay when your teeth are exposed to them.
The best way to determine if your favorite foods are causing damage to your teeth is to have an oral exam. Regular dental visits allow us to catch problems before they lead to tooth, gum and bone loss. Has it been awhile since we saw you in our office? Better schedule an appointment today!