To prevent tooth decay an avoid the need for dental fillings, crowns, and other restorative dentistry techniques, it is important to brush at least two times a day and floss once a day. It is also a good idea to familiarize yourself with foods that are more apt to cause decay, and do your best to avoid them.
Here are five foods to avoid:
Caramel candy – Caramel and other candy that contains a high amount of sugar and sticks to your teeth or stays in your mouth for a long time – lollipops, hard candies and jelly beans – are particularly bad for teeth. It is much better to eat this type of candy after a meal and not all day, and brush your teeth soon afterwards.
Potato chips – Potato chips, bread, crackers and other starch foods can linger in your mouth, break down into simple sugars, produce acid and ultimately lead to tooth decay.
Soda – Most soda contains a high amount of sugar, which is bad for the teeth. In addition, both regular and diet soda contain phosphorous and carbonation, which can wear down the enamel on teeth. Best to avoid soda altogether. Also, citrus soda is worse than regular cola because it contains more acid.
Fruit juice – While it is essential to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables for your health, fruit juices can contain high amounts of natural sugar and sometimes even added sugar. It is best to eat whole fruit, or, if you must drink fruit juice, use a straw so the acids do not remain in the mouth for long.
Lemons – Lemons, oranges and other citrus fruit contain a high amount of acid that can break down the enamel on your teeth. It is best to eat such fruit with a meal so that you can get the most benefit from them nutritionally while minimizing the impact on your teeth.
Of course it is not always possible to avoid decay causing foods, but you can minimize their effects with countermeasures like rinsing your mouth with water or chewing sugarless gum after eating such foods.
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