Do you know what we eat affects our oral health? While some foods can improve our dental health, some are bad for our teeth and mouth. Here are some of the worst foods for your oral health.
Sticky, sugary drinks like soda and juice quickly coat the teeth in sugar, which feeds oral bacteria. Leaving food on your teeth provides fuel for the bacteria to thrive, leading to cavities and other oral health problems. It’s best to avoid these beverages altogether to protect your smile. If you do drink them occasionally, then try to rinse your mouth with water afterward to help reduce the amount of sugar trapped in your teeth and gums. You should also brush and floss regularly to keep plaque from forming on the teeth.
Many people enjoy eating sticky candy, such as caramels and gummy bears. These treats can be very delicious, and many people enjoy them as a snack or dessert. However, many candies are very sugary and have high amounts of sugar that stick to the teeth after the candy is eaten. Once the sugar sticks to the teeth, it can attract bacteria to the surface of the tooth and cause decay. This is one of the most common ways cavities form in the mouth. Cavities are tiny holes that form on the surface of the teeth, and they are one of the most common oral health concerns among children and adults today.
In addition to being high in carbohydrates, breakfast cereals are also typically high in sugar. Sugar sticks to the teeth and the bacteria in the mouth feed on the sugars. Since bacteria produce acid as a byproduct of their feeding on sugar, the end result is tooth decay. Even “healthy” organic brands are usually loaded with added sugar.
When dried fruit is eaten, it turns into sugar and sticks to your teeth. These sticky sugars feed the bad bacteria that lead to tooth decay and gum disease. If you’re craving something sweet, try a piece of fresh fruit instead! Some great options are apples, bananas, berries, or pears.
Sodas and fruity drinks are popular beverage choices among many Americans, but these beverages are some of the worst for your oral health. All contain high amounts of sugar and acid, which negatively affect oral health and can lead to tooth decay. Drinking soda or citrus juice increases your risk of dental erosion, which is when tooth enamel is broken down by the acids from certain foods and drinks. This can lead to sensitive teeth, weakened teeth, and even tooth loss. It’s important to limit your intake of these types of beverages to protect your teeth’s overall health.
To learn more about ways to maintain good oral health, visit us for consultation at Shepherd Dental at 915-D N Shepherd Dr. Ste. D, Houston, TX 77008, or contact us for an appointment at (713) 864-3993.