Dental Tips Blog

Dec
18

Are These “Healthy” Foods Damaging Your Smile?

If you’re looking to boost your diet, then a good habit to pick up is swapping out junk food for healthier substitutes.

You can’t neglect your smile, but unfortunately there are some “healthy” choices that spell trouble for your teeth.

Raisins

Nutritionally-speaking, dried fruit might be healthier than cookies and chips. Unfortunately, the natural and added sugars in sticky, chewy, dried fruits are just the sort of thing cavity-causing bacteria love. The texture of raisins and other dried fruits makes it hard to get them out of your teeth when you’re done eating.

Black Coffee

Plain coffee is MUCH better than sweetened options. However, coffee is still notorious for staining teeth. No only that, the caffeine will dry out your mouth, and a dry mouth can’t fight off oral infections.

Ice

No, adding ice to your drink – even plain water – is not a bad thing. It’s when you get into a habit of chewing on ice that you put your teeth at risk. Ice-chewing is really bad for tooth enamel! Too much crunching on water in its solid form can wear down your teeth or break fillings.

Oranges

Acid in foods like citrus fruits will weaken tooth enamel. This makes teeth more likely to pick up stain and develop cavities.

Wait a half hour after that glass of orange juice before brushing. This gives your saliva chance to neutralize acid in the mouth before you go brushing it everywhere.

In planning your diet, aim to go fresh, whole, and sugar-free, and drink lots of plain water.

It’s what your body needs! Your smile will thank you, too. Ask your dentist for more information about smile-friendly diets.

Posted on behalf of:
Seneca Family Dentistry
2860Seneca St Suite C
Sichita, KS 67217
(316) 633-4048

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