You’ve heard the familiar saying – “you are what you eat.” No better place to see this in action than your teeth.
Many foods and drinks cause plaque, the bacteria-filled, sticky, colorless film that forms on your teeth. You can thank plaque for being the nasty cause of gum disease and tooth decay.
Furthermore, after you consume certain foods or drinks, the sugars directly cause the plaque to release acids that wreak havoc on your tooth enamel. Over time, cavities develop.
How do we prevent plaque, cavities, and expensive trips to the dentist? By first watching what we eat and drink!
Let’s take a brief look at 6 of the worst foods for your teeth:
1. Sour Candies
Of course candy would make it onto our list, but what’s unique about sour candy? It has to do with the additional and different kinds of acids that are hard on your teeth. What’s more, they are chewy and stick to your teeth for a long time, causing decay.
While many of us find bread irresistible, it’s not the best for the health of your teeth. When you chew bread, your saliva breaks it down into sugar, which then creates a gummy paste-like substance. This paste then sticks to the ridges between your teeth, which (you guessed it) can develop plaque and cause cavities.
It’s common knowledge that drinking alcohol isn’t the best health decision, but why isn’t it good for your teeth? The answer lies in dry mouth. A dry mouth is evidence for a shortage of saliva, which is essential for the health of your teeth. Saliva is beneficial in that it helps wash away food particles from sticking to your teeth. Of the many reasons to stay hydrated, add oral health to your list!
4. Carbonated Drinks
Similar to alcohol, sodas dry out your mouth, but they also contain more acid, which attacks tooth enamel. What’s more, dark sodas have been shown to discolor and stain teeth.
Yes, unfortunately, healthy food can be harmful to your teeth when eaten too much. Their juices, while delicious, contain acid that erodes enamel, which can lead to tooth decay.
6. Potato Chips
There’s nothing like the crunch of a potato chip, am I right? Sadly, those Lays are loaded with starch, which transforms into sugar. This sugar gets trapped between your teeth, feeding the ill-famed plaque.
Caring For Your Teeth
Don’t fret – there is yet hope for us all! We do not have to entirely deprive ourselves of these foods and drinks. Wise advice is to enjoy them in moderation and to be intentional about the preventative care of your teeth.
Do your best to follow the age-old advice of brushing twice a day and flossing (at least once a day). Look also to schedule dental cleanings twice a year. Trust me, this will save you hundreds (if not thousands!) of dollars in dental bills. And we all want that, right?