In our previous blog, we went over certain foods that can cause damage to your teeth. Here, your Smithville dentist will go over four more foods that are damaging:
Sugar in general is absolutely terrible for your teeth. Sugar feeds the harmful bacteria that lives in your mouth, causing cavities and eventual total tooth decay. In general, you should avoid hard candies and other sugary foods for the sake of your oral health.
Soda is bad for your teeth for a couple of reasons. First of all, soda contains a lot of sugar, which is detrimental for the reasons listed above. Additionally, carbonated beverages in general are acidic, and therefore, wear down the enamel of your teeth. Finally, soda usually contains caffeine, which can dry out your mouth, which is bad for your oral hygiene, as discussed in our previous blog. If you absolutely must drink soda, drink it alongside water.
It may surprise you to learn that chewing on ice has a negative impact on your teeth. While water itself does not harm your teeth, chewing on such a hard substance can damage your enamel, and may even cause you to break your teeth. Rather than chewing on ice, enjoy water in its liquid state.
You may be aware of the negative effects of alcohol on your health in other parts of your body, such as your liver, but it can also be problematic for your oral health. Alcohol dehydrates you, causing dry mouth. Over the long term, this can reduce your saliva flow, causing tooth decay and gum disease. Additionally, excessive alcohol consumption increases the risk of contracting mouth cancer.
At Smithville Family Dentistry, we care about your oral health. To schedule an appointment with your Smithville dentist, contact us today!