Foods That Can Harm Your Oral Health

Foods That Can Harm Your Oral Health

It is a fact that the foods we consume can impact the state of our oral health. Our teeth are meant to process food. However, too much sugary or acidic food can erode away tooth enamel. This breaks down the structure that holds our teeth together and can cause sensitivity, cavities, and other issues. On the other hand, certain foods can promote oral health. For example, eating crunchy fruits and vegetables can help clean your teeth while you eat them. 

Here is a list of food items that can impact our oral health badly: 

  • Sugar

Sugar is one of the main food groups that can harm your dental health. This is because sugar causes bacteria to grow in your mouth. This bacteria feeds off sugar, resulting in the production of acid. This acid wears away at the enamel, causing cavities.

  • Soda

Soda contains acid and sugar that can contribute to tooth decay. When the acid and sugar mix with saliva, it can eat away at your tooth enamel and increase your risk of cavities. Soda also tends to have a high acid content. Acid attacks the enamel of your teeth and can lead to dental erosion. If you consume soda often, you may be more likely to have dental erosion than someone who does not drink soda.

  • Acidic Foods

The acids in some foods and drinks can cause tooth erosion. When tooth enamel is attacked by the acids, it can break down, making the cavity or dental issue more likely.

  • Tobacco Products

Tobacco products, including cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products, can cause tooth decay and gum disease. Tobacco users are more likely to experience plaque buildup and tartar buildup on their teeth, which can lead to advanced tooth decay. Tobacco products can also stain teeth, which can be prevented by professional teeth whitening treatments.

  • Alcoholic Beverages

Alcoholic beverages are high in sugar, which can eat away at your tooth enamel. In the short term, this can cause sensitivity, irritation, and discomfort. Alcohol can also cause dry mouth by depressing your salivary glands. This puts you at risk for tooth decay and gum disease.

  • Sticky Foods

Sticky foods cling to teeth and can be difficult to remove. Foods like dried fruits, granola, and peanut butter are sticky and should be eaten in moderation. Foods that stick to teeth can lead to tooth decay. Bacteria in the mouth thrive on sugary and starchy foods, and these bacteria feed off the sugar. As they feed, they produce lactic acid, which causes tooth enamel to demineralize.

  • Hard Candy

Biting on hard candy can crack your enamel and damage the teeth. Besides, the sugar present in the candy can also contribute to tooth decay and cavities. 

How To Take Care Of Your Teeth?

  • Brush your teeth regularly (at least twice a day).
  • Floss daily.
  • Avoid sugary foods.
  • Visit your dentist regularly.
  • Eat a balanced, nutritious diet.
  • Avoid sticky sweets that cling to your teeth.
  • Consider dental sealants, especially for back teeth, to reduce tooth decay.
  • Eat healthy foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean meats.

To learn more, call A Better Smile Dentistry at (505) 208-0505 and schedule an appointment with the dentist or visit us at 475 Coors Blvd NW, Ste A, Albuquerque, NM 87121. 


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