Staying healthy is a full-time job.
Keeping your mouth clean and clear of bacteria is simple if you take the right steps. When you brush and floss your teeth daily and visit your dentist regularly, most oral health issues will stop before they get started. However, there are so many chances to make unhealthy choices out there. Even if you are cleaning your teeth, you may be harming them by the foods you choose to eat. Keep reading for our list of foods to avoid to maintain your oral health.
1. Clingy or Sticky Food
There are many food options that taste and even feel great in our mouths. Unfortunately, our teeth aren’t as happy with the choice to eat these foods as our taste buds are. These sugary snacks can cling to your teeth and lead to tooth decay. Stay away from sticky, chewy, and sweet foods if possible. These include candy and cakes. Instead, try sugar-free gum or candy.
2. Carbs that Come with a Crunch
Crackers or chips make for an easy snack you can grab a handful or mouthful of and enjoy. These snacks also aren’t great for your teeth. The simple carbs on these crunchy carbs are the perfect food for the bacteria that cause problems for your teeth. There is hope! Adding other food to your crunchy snack can help cut the chance of feeding the bacteria in your mouth by lowering the acidity. Adding cheese will help make this snack better for your teeth.
3. Foods High in Acidity
Beware of acidity! Even nutritious, natural foods can hurt your teeth by eroding the enamel that naturally protects them. Tomatoes and citrus fruits, including oranges, are high in acidity and thus dangerous for your teeth. You don’t have to cut these foods out, just make sure to have water or other foods with them to lower the risk for your teeth.
4. Dried Fruit
Fresh fruit is good, healthy stuff. However, dried fruit is not great for your teeth. The sticky texture makes them - you guessed it - stick to your teeth. Just like we mentioned above, food stuck to your teeth is not great. The food clinging to your teeth provides a ready supply of nutrients for the bacteria that can harm your teeth. Avoid dried fruits such as raisins and instead grab their fresh variety (in this case, grapes).
Get Help with Your Oral Health from Your Local Dentist
We hope the list above helps give you some guidance on what kinds of foods you should avoid or not have at all. Balance is key to keeping your teeth and mouth happy and healthy. Aside from eating the right foods, make sure to regularly visit your local dentist at Signature Smiles Dental to keep your smile strong. Our pain-free approach to family dentistry has earned us Top Dentist awards since 2010. Call us today to schedule your next appointment.