Most adults are well aware that certain foods are more nutritious and better for you than others in terms of your physical health. Did you know that there are foods that are also bad for your teeth? Listed below are some common, everyday foods that can cause real dental damage over time and are best consumed in moderation if at all.
Sucking on Blow Pops, Jolly Ranchers, Gobstoppers, and other hard candy is how a lot of people manage their sweet tooth. For others, always having something in their mouth is more of a habit than anything else. Between the excessive amount of sugar and how difficult they are to bite through, these candies can wreak havoc on even the nicest set of teeth. They can cause cracks, fractures, and chips in otherwise healthy teeth. If you absolutely have to gnaw on something throughout the day, try sugarless mints or gum instead.
Ice cubes are cold, refreshing, and you always want to intake as much water as possible, but chomping away on ice cubes might do real damage to your pearly whites. If you feel compelled to eat the ice in your drink, you might want to give some consideration to taking your drinks without it.
No one can argue with the fact that fruit is an excellent source of vitamins that our bodies need to function properly and to stay healthy. After all, when was the last time you worried about scurvy? Unfortunately, many fruits contain a lot of natural acids that are more than capable of eroding the enamel on your teeth. Moreover, if you have any active cold sores, canker sores, or any type of lesion inside your mouth, citrus fruit will likely exacerbate them a great deal. This doesn’t mean you need to stop eating citrus fruits entirely, but you do need to be aware of how much and how often you eat them and be sure to drink lots of water after you do so.
Tea and coffee are both actually quite good for you, provided that you don’t add things like sugar and cream to them. Even when drinking them plain, however, any drink that contains caffeine has the ability to cause dry mouth, which is a condition that encourages the rapid growth of several harmful kinds of bacteria. Again, there is no need to eliminate tea and coffee from your life completely, but it is best when it is taken plain and accompanied by lots of water to stave off any potential dry mouth.
At McBride Dental, we want to help you and your family do everything possible to have and preserve healthy teeth and gums. By scheduling regular appointments with your California family dentist and practicing the oral care techniques we teach you, your whole family will easily maintain teeth that are healthy, strong, and effective.
The San Marcos dental offices of Dr. Michael McBride are staffed with reputable, professional San Diego dentists that are ready to address any concerns you may have regarding common dental procedures, as well as preventative, cosmetic, or restorative dentistry. We also provide sedation dentistry treatments as an option for our patients with severe dental anxiety.
It is our job to help you and your family establish healthy dental habits to make sure that your teeth will always be there when you need them and your smile will always look great.
If you would like to schedule an appointment with a San Marcos dentist, please give us a call at (760) 471-1003 and speak with a trained member of our dental staff today.