At County Dental we understand that sometimes people make unhealthy food choices for a variety of reasons. We are here provide you with some suggestions on 10 foods that you should avoid in order to maintain a healthy and happy smile for years to come.
Granola Bars: They are known to have a high sugar content.
Water with lemon: This drink is just like lemonade. Water with lemonade is highly acidic, causing tooth enamel erosion.
Coffee: Drinking coffee with milk or cream can be a detriment to your teeth. Cream increases the sugar content and feeds bacteria in your mouth, which may cause cavities. Research and reports recommend drinking green tea as a substitute for your caffeine needs.
Caramel and sugary foods: These types of candy cause bacteria that feed off of the ingested sugars. Research recommends eating chocolate instead because its melting ability allows saliva to wash bacteria off of your teeth.
Alcohol: Adult beverages are known to increase mouth cancer and can cause dehydration. Moderation of alcohol is key to preventing periodontal disease.
Soda: Did you know soda contains phosphoric acid? What does that mean? It means drinking soda leads to dental erosion.
Ice: Don’t chew on ice. Why? Chewing on ice can cause broken teeth. Instead of chewing on ice, let the cubes melt in your mouth.
Popcorn: Who doesn’t love popcorn? Even if popcorn is one of your favorites, it can be bad for your teeth. Flossing daily does not always remove all the bacteria deep in your teeth from eating popcorn on a regular basis.
Dried fruit: Dried fruit does have its benefits. We recommend avoiding high amounts of dry fruit because it includes sugar that have the same effects as caramel and sugary foods above.
Hard candies: Breath mints and other hard candies include sugar that can erode enamel. Do you bite on hard candy? Doing so can break a tooth. Sugar-free gum is a better option and it helps to prevent less then fresh breath while increasing saliva.
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