Your diet impacts your oral health more than you may realize. While an at-home oral healthcare routine and visiting the dentist regularly are crucial, your diet needs to be considered too. Dr. Datta of Ridgetop Dental, a dentist in Sterling, VA, lists some foods that you should avoid to help keep your smile healthy.
1. Hard Candy
You’ve been told to avoid chewy candy because it gets stuck in your teeth. But hard candy isn’t a good substitute. The entire time that it’s in your mouth it’s releasing sugar. This means that oral bacteria can feed on it longer, releasing acidic byproducts that can eat through the enamel on your teeth. This can lead to tooth decay and cavities.
In addition, you don’t want to bite down on hard candy. If you go to chew it before the candy has broken down enough, there’s a chance of cracking or breaking your tooth. This can lead to a need for emergency dentistry services to fix it as soon as possible.
2. Dried Fruit
Fruit is usually a good alternative for a sweet snack. However, you should stick to fresh fruit. Dried fruit is concentrated with a lot more sugar. It also has a sticky texture that’s similar to chewy candy. With the high sugar content and texture, it gets stuck in between and in the crevices of your teeth, sitting there for oral bacteria to feed on. Areas, where the fruit is stuck, will be susceptible to tooth decay.
Water is one of the best things for your oral health but stick to the liquid form. A habit of chewing on ice increases how fast your teeth wear down. The more you chew, the more impact the ice will have. It also has a similar problem to hard candy. If you bite down at the wrong time or angle you may severely damage your teeth.
4. Sports Drinks
These are often advertised as a healthier alternative to things like soda, to be used when working out. But these drinks are completely loaded with sugar. They may have even more sugar than some sodas.
Many sports drinks also get their distinct flavors from citric acid. Sugar and acid are a bad combination for your teeth. After consuming acid, it’s unadvisable to brush your teeth for 30 minutes. Acidic drinks soften the enamel on your teeth and brushing them while they’re still soft can damage your teeth.
Bread is made of carbohydrates that break down into sugars as you eat them. This is particularly a problem with processed white bread. As you chew it, it turns into a kind of paste that coats your teeth as well. This can contribute to tooth decay. Try to go for whole wheat bread as it’s less processed.
Your Dentist in Sterling, Virginia
Your diet is crucial to your oral health. After the pandemic, we’ll be here to help you with dental checkups and cleanings to ensure things are okay. Call us or schedule an appointment for the future. We hope to see you in our office soon!