Our teeth can take a beating, depending on what we eat. Crunching on hard foods and eating overly sugary treats without paying special attention to how they’re affecting our teeth can be damaging to our overall oral health. While it’s unreasonable to think that you will completely avoid hard, crunchy, and sugar-laden foods, there are certain food items that you should avoid as much as possible if you’re wanting to keep your pearly whites in excellent condition.

Today we’re going to be listing up the top foods that can do some damage to your teeth. Whether you choose to avoid these or eat them limitedly is up to you. But being aware of what you’re consuming and how it is affecting your teeth and mouth is important for your overall health. If you have any questions about the foods listed or you want to schedule an appointment with a dentist, don’t hesitate to get in contact with Gentle Care Dentists today.

Foods That Can Harm Your Pearly Whites

Candy

It’s hard to completely cut out candy from your diet, no matter your age. Sometimes you just get a strong craving for a piece of sugary goodness! While it’s OK to indulge now and then, it’s important to know that exposing your teeth to a constant stream of sugar is harmful. When sugar is left on the teeth, bacteria can grow. The bacteria from sugar found in both candy and drinks can cause plaque. Plaque can stick to your teeth and eat through the enamel, which in turn can cause tooth decay. Another aspect of candy is how hard it is. When chewing on hard pieces of candy, you’re running the risk of chipping a tooth. All in all, avoid chewing hard candies!

Citrus

This might be a tricky one, but the truth is that exposing your teeth to the acids that are found in citrus can cause tooth decay. To avoid this, limit the amount of lemon water you drink. It’s also not a bad idea to give your teeth a brushing after eating anything with high acidity.

Coffee

Yes, we’re sad about this one too. Coffee is a morning delight for many, but the truth is that a lot of caffeine can dry out your mouth, which isn’t ideal for your overall oral health. Coffee also become harmful for your teeth when you add lots of sugar. Like mentioned above, sugar can cause plaque buildup and eventually tooth decay. To avoid this from happening, drink lots of water throughout the day and in between cups of coffee. And limit the amount of sugar you add!

Dried Fruit

While you may feel inclined to reach for the dried fruits over any unhealthy snacks, you’ll want to be aware of how these sticky foods can affect your teeth. Yes, it’s the healthiest option for a snack (good for you!), but since the fruit is dried out and sticky, it will stick to and in between your teeth much more easily, eventually causing bacteria and plaque build up if not taken care. To keep your teeth from getting damaged, be sure to brush them after eating anything that’s overly sticky.

Chips

Any food that makes a crunching sound when you eat it is a food to be aware of. While chips won’t necessarily crack a tooth, the small particles that you’re crunching and munching on can be stick between your teeth. This could potentially cause plaque buildup and gum irritation. To avoid this from happening, be sure to floss a little more carefully afterwards to make sure any leftover food particles are out of there.

Sports Drinks

We’ve been told over and over that drinking a sports drink is good for us, especially before, after, and during a workout or a sports game. While these energy drinks can be beneficial for athletes, they shouldn’t be consumed on a regular, day-to-day basis. Sports drinks are generally full of sugar, which as we shared above, can be harmful to your teeth if consumed on a regular basis. So next time you’re craving a sports or energy drink when you’re not working out or competing, take a look at the label to see how much sugar you’ll be consuming. The best option is to put it aside and grab a bottle of water.

If you have any other questions or are looking for a dentist in the Arlington area, give Gentle Care Dentists a call to schedule your appointment.