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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Top Foods That Damage Your Teeth

1. Suckers & other hard candies
They may not seem harmful but sucking on something sugary puts your teeth in constant exposure to that sugar. Chewing hard candies can also put your teeth at risk for a dental emergency such as a broken tooth. The Doctor recommends chewing a xylitol gum or mint instead.
2. Ice
While it doesn't contain sugar - chewing on any hard substances can damage your tooth structure and the enamel. The Doctor recommends drinking water as a better option.
Exposing your teeth to acidic foods like citrus can erode your enamel. The Doctor recommends that your drink plenty of water with these foods.
4.Sticky Foods
Foods like dried fruits (because we hope you Don't eat gummy candies!) can get stuck in the spaces between teeth and even natural sugars aren't good to keep on your teeth for any length of time. The Doctor recommends rinsing with water or better yet, brushing & flossing after such snacks.
5. Crunchy Foods
Potato chips and other crunchy snacks also can get stuck in the crevices of your teeth. Anytime a food is in your mouth for a length of time, plaque bacteria can begin attacking your enamel.
6. Sugary Drinks
Soda, energy drinks and juice are examples of drinks that put your teeth in constant exposure of sugary liquids. Soda is doubly dangerous for your teeth because the carbonation it contains is acidic and we already know acid can cause wear to your enamel. The Doctor recommends drinking water to rinse the sugar away after finishing the sugary beverage OR even better drink water instead!
7. Coffee
Coffee not only stains your teeth but can dry out your mouth. When your mouth doesn't make enough saliva, which naturally rinses the mouth, it has more of a chance of letting the plaque bacterias cause problems for your teeth.
8. Alcohol
Use of alcohol can cause dry mouth due to dehydration. The heavy use of alcohol can increase your risk of oral cancer. The Doctor recommends chewing xylitol gum as an effective way to stimulate salivation and it has been shown to significantly reduce tooth decay in adults who use it regularly.

While it's best to avoid foods that can damage your teeth - brushing, flossing or at least rinsing with water after consumption can prevent decay.

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