We’ve all heard it a million times, whether it be from our moms or another loved one – we’ve always been told to stay away from certain foods because they were bad for our teeth. And yes, the common ones are pretty well-known, but do you technically understand why? Here at imagine dental, we want to go over the foods and drinks and talk about specifically why they harm your smile, so our patients can be as educated as possible on what foods to avoid to improve their dental health.
Shocking, right? But sugar is one of the worst things for your teeth because of the plaque it creates. The bacteria and plaque that grow after you eat or drink things high in sugar, produce acids that attack the outermost layer of your tooth, the enamel. Without your enamel, your teeth are prone to sensitivity, making day to day tasks as simple as breathing more difficult.
Yes, there are health benefits to adding lemon to your water, and balsamic dressing is one of the most healthy that you can put on your salads, but what are those acidic foods doing to your teeth? Like sugar, acid wears down your enamel, which can lead to a whole slew of problems for your mouth.
Turns out that sugar isn’t the only down fall of soda – the carbonation sucks, too. When you drink carbonated drinks, the carbonation allows for the plaque on your teeth to create plaque faster than usual, which means damage is done faster than usual as well.
Like with most things in life, moderation is key when it comes to these foods & drinks, but avoiding these foods can lead to a healthier smile. Speak to one of our doctors today to see if there is something you should be cutting back on, or do to make that smile as healthy as can be – Call 480.893.7733 today!