What we eat influences our oral health. You could be putting your teeth at an increased risk of harm based on what you eat. Many foods can speed up the rate at which tooth decay can occur, while some can cause oral accidents or injuries to occur, and others can be so acidic that they eat right through tooth enamel. For a detailed list of foods and habits to avoid, see below:
– Limit or avoid foods and drinks with tons of sugar and carbs, which can be converted in your mouth into harmful acids capable of eating through tooth enamel.
– Avoid hard foods and candy, such as giant candy canes, lollipops, popcorn kernels, and popcorn balls, as they frequently chip and crack teeth or easily become lodged between teeth.
– Avoid sour candy, as it has an extremely high acidic content, with some brands having an acidity that is nearly the same pH level as car battery acid.
– Some foods and drinks that have high acidity should be removed from your diet, such as citrus fruits and fruit drinks, but if you must consume them, do so as part of a larger meal to help neutralize their acids.
– Avoid or limit sticky and gummy sweets, as they often linger in your mouth long after consumption, vastly increasing your risk for plaque buildup and tooth decay to occur.
Don’t delay in visiting our team at LeJeune Family Dentistry to check if you are suffering from oral health damage. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Barry LeJeune and our team at our dentist office in Hampton, Virginia, please call us at (757) 827-9114. The smile of your dreams is only a visit away!