When it comes to maintaining good oral health, not all food is created equally. Eating the right kinds of food can benefit oral health. On the other hand, intake of several other food items can be detrimental to the health of our teeth and gums. Here are a few food items that can badly affect your oral health:
Sugar is a primary cause of tooth decay because it feeds oral bacteria that cause cavities. Additionally, acid-producing oral bacteria will thrive on sugar. To best protect your teeth, you should limit your consumption of added sugar. This includes foods with sugar such as candy, cookies, cake, pies, ice cream, soda, and sports drinks. You should also be careful with acidic foods such as citrus fruits, fruit juices, tomato sauce, and pickles, as acidic foods can erode tooth enamel and can have a negative impact on your oral health.
Sticky and gummy foods can coat your teeth in sugar, which can feed the bacteria that cause cavities. Sticky foods also tend to linger in the mouth, increasing the amount of time your teeth are exposed to acids. When combined with carbonated beverages, sticky foods also can increase the amount of acid your mouth is exposed to.
Enamel is the hard outer layer of your teeth that helps to protect them from damage. Hard foods can crack or chip your teeth. Biting down on something hard can also damage the enamel on your teeth.
Diet soda is one of the worst beverages for dental health. Soda is acidic, so it can wear away at tooth enamel over time. The carbonation in soda can also lead to tooth sensitivity. Individuals who drink soda often can develop dental erosion, cavities, and enamel wear.
Plenty of coffee lovers would never consider giving up their morning brew, despite the damage it can do to your teeth. The dark color of coffee stains teeth, and it can cause bad breath.
Coffee is also acidic, which means it can wear away at your dental enamel. Drinking coffee with sugar can compound the problem.
The alcohol in beer, wine, and hard liquor can dry out your mouth, which can increase your risk of tooth decay. Try to drink water in between alcoholic drinks. Additionally, alcohol can interfere with your immune system, which is your body’s natural defense against infection. When your immune system is impaired, you are at increased risk for oral infections like gum disease, tooth decay, and oral cancer.
To learn more tips for oral care, contact Dr. Chung at Palm Court Dental by calling (909) 829-3994, scheduling an appointment online, or visiting our office at 17122 Slover Ave Suite 103 Fontana, CA 92337.