We all know the tried and true method for keeping our teeth clean and healthy – brush twice a day, floss at least once a day, and visit a dentist twice a year for a check up and dental cleaning. But despite following a good dental hygiene regimen, there are certain foods and drinks that we eat that can cause tooth decay and damage.
Here are the top five foods and drinks to avoid for maintaining good dental hygiene:
While refreshing, citrus juice is very acidic and can erode the enamel of your teeth over time. Lemon and grapefruit juice are the most acidic out of the citruses, so be sure to watch your intake.
Sticky and Chewy Foods
Sticky candies like toffees and gummies can get caught in between teeth causing plaque bacteria to produce acids that cause damage and create cavities. Even seemingly healthy snacks like dried fruit can get stuck between your teeth and cause problems. Cakes, cookies, bread, and muffins are also high in sugar and sticky enough to get caught in your teeth causing plaque and damage. Try to avoid these foods and if you do indulge, be sure to brush and floss afterwards.
Sodas and Sports Drinks
Sugary sodas can also produce cavities if your drink too much of them, but did you know that diet sodas that don’t have sugar can also damage the enamel of your teeth? Soda is high in acid, which can ruin enamel if you drink too much. Sports drinks are high in sugar and acid as well, so when in doubt, just reach for a glass of water instead.
Not only does it dry out your mouth, coffee also causes stains on your teeth that are resistant to brushing – and that can reappear even after you bleach your teeth. Coffee stains can also make your teeth sticky, which causes other food particles to stick to your teeth and breed bacteria. Try to avoid coffee when you can, but if you really need that cup of joe in the morning, brush afterwards or drink water with your coffee to wash out your mouth.
Red wine can stain your teeth like coffee and can dry out your mouth, which makes your teeth sticky and causes more stains. White and red wines are also very high in acid, which erodes the enamel of your teeth and can even make stains from other foods and drinks penetrate your teeth more deeply.
Although these foods and drinks can hurt your teeth, that doesn’t mean that you can’t indulge once in a while. Keep everything in moderation and if you do spoil yourself with acidic or sugary foods, brush and floss your teeth and visit your dentist regularly to keep your pearly whites healthy.
This is a sponsored post brought to you in collaboration with Hall Dental Centre.
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