We all know that some foods are better than others when it comes to our health. But what about foods that are bad for our teeth? We’ve made a list…and some might surprise you!
1. Sucking on Hard Candies
Who doesn’t love sucking on lollipops, Jolly Ranchers, or other hard candies to soothe a craving? Hard candies are double trouble because of the high sugar content, plus they can lead to chips, cracks, or fractures in your teeth. Instead, try sugarless gum—bonus points if it has the ADA seal!
2. Chewing Ice Cubes
Ice cubes are refreshing and full of water, but chewing ice can actually harm your teeth. Instead, enjoy a glass of cold water and leave the ice behind.
3. Mind the Citrus
Fruit is good for you, and citrus fruits have loads of vitamins we need. However, they are highly acidic and can erode tooth enamel. Additionally, if you have any mouth sores, citrus fruits can make them much worse. Don’t cut the citrus from your diet altogether, but be mindful of the impact on your teeth and drink plenty of water.
4. Curb Your Caffeine Intake
Coffee and tea are healthy, if you don’t load them with extras like cream and sugar. However, even if you drink them plain, caffeinated beverages can dry out your mouth. You don’t have to cut coffee and tea out of your morning (or afternoon) routine, but instead, try to skip the additives and drink plenty of water to prevent dry mouth.
5. Say No to Sugary Drinks
While we’re on the subject of beverages, let’s touch on sugary drinks. From sodas to energy drinks and sports drinks, these can seriously damage your smile. They sugar-filled drinks open the door to plaque build-up, but that’s not all. Many sodas and energy drinks are acidic, too.
6. Skip the Sticky Treats
Taffy and caramel are delicious and satisfying sweet snacks for many people, but the combination of sugar and stickiness is not good for your teeth. Chomping on sticky foods invites bacteria to set up camp between your teeth and stay around longer than you want.
7. Lay Off the Chips
There’s nothing quite like a tasty potato chip. That satisfying crunch coupled with salt or other savory flavors is oh-so-delicious. However, crunchy chips leave a lot of starch between your teeth. Again, you don’t have to cut them out of your diet. Instead, eat them in moderation, then floss carefully afterward to prevent build-up.
Protect Your Smile
Watching what you eat and drink is an important part of a good oral care routine. Don’t forget to follow up regularly with your dentist, so they can identify any issues early.
If you’re in need of a check-up and professional teeth cleaning, we’re here for you! Find the Jefferson Dental & Orthodontics clinic nearest you and make an appointment online.