Are Your Food Choices Damaging Your Teeth?
We’re all fairly well-informed about how food affects our overall health. Sugars, processed foods, and starches are on the “limited” list. But have you considered how your food affects your dental health? Well, we are here to help you discern which foods you might want to pass on. The following list can help you make informed decisions about what you eat or drink and how your choices affect your teeth.
- Citrus – Citrus is natural and healthy, right? Yes. Unless we’re talking about dental health. Citric acids erode your enamel, making you more susceptible to tooth decay. We’re not saying you shouldn’t enjoy an orange every now and then, we just want you to exercise caution. When you’re offered a drink with lemon or lime, turn down the citrus. If you do enjoy a glass of water or cocktail with lemon or lime, rinse your mouth out with water when you finish your drink. The same goes for eating fresh citrus or any other food that might contain citric acids. Rinse (don’t immediately brush) your teeth to preserve your enamel.
- Coffee and Tea – Press the pause button on that outrage, everyone. We know that coffee and tea both have health benefits, but what you add to them negates the perks. Adding sweeteners, creamers, or other flavor enhancers does more harm than good. Furthermore, if you’re drinking one cup after another, coffee and tea are bound to stain your teeth. If you add sugary substances to your morning cup, be sure to brush your teeth afterwards so the sugar doesn’t have the chance to do damage. If you take your coffee or tea black, rinse your teeth with water after each cup to minimize the likelihood of staining.
- Alcohol – Please see the first sentence from item number two. We’re not trying to stand between you and your daily imbibement. We just want you to understand how cocktails affect your teeth. Most alcohols are acidic, which means that they can harm your enamel (see item one). Additionally, alcohol is a dehydrant. Saliva is crucial to the health of your teeth. When your mouth is dry and saliva production slows, your teeth are more vulnerable to tooth decay and infection.
There are many other foods that are harmful to your teeth, but we don’t want to frighten you. If you are concerned that your diet may be detrimental to your dental health, contact Waterford Family Dental Care today. We will provide you with all of the necessary information to keep your smile healthy and happy.