It stands to reason that what you put in your mouth has an impact on your oral health, but many people do not think about how what they eat affects their teeth. Your Smithville dentist cares about your oral health, which is why we have compiled a list of the most damaging foods for your teeth. Here, we go over the first four:
The trouble with citrus is the acidity of these tasty fruits. Acidic foods erode the enamel of your teeth, which leaves them more susceptible to decay. Additionally, citrus fruits can aggravate mouth sores. When you eat citrus fruits, be sure to drink water to reduce the impact of the acid.
Crunchy foods are very satisfying; however, no matter how delectable, these food tend to get stuck between your teeth. If left unremoved, these particles can lead to plaque buildup. When you do indulge in crunchy treats, be sure to thoroughly floss afterwards.
Sticky foods, such as dried fruit, are problematic for teeth for similar reasons as crunchy food; the stickiness makes it difficult to remove the food from your teeth. When you do eat sticky foods, rinse your mouth with water first, then brush and floss.
Coffee and Tea
Many people enjoy a cup of joe or a piping hot cup of tea in the morning; however, these beverages may be damaging to your teeth. The biggest issue with your cup of tea or coffee is the sugar that many people add. Additionally, caffeine often causes dry mouth, which is detrimental to your health because it can causes issues such as cavities and infections. Frequent coffee or tea consumption can also stain your teeth. To consume these beverages in a healthier way for your oral hygiene, drink a lot of water and do not add sweeteners.
In our next blog, we will continue to go over more foods that cause damage to your teeth. When you need dental services, your dentist at Smithville Family Dentistry can help. Contact us today!