For Teeth Sake – Foods Everyone Should Avoid

Taffy

Whether it’s store-bought tootsie rolls or grandmas homemade rolled taffy, this sticky substance is no good for your teeth.  With its sticky texture and ability to stick to your teeth quickly, it is more likely to leave a sugary substance on your teeth longer causing cavities. Taffy can also be detrimental to your oral health because it can adhere to fillings and pull your entire filling out.

Citrus

Taken in strides, citrus can be good for you. However, if eaten too frequently, citrus can erode away your enamel leaving your teeth a little softer and a lot easier to break. If you do eat a lot of citrus foods, brush immediately afterward so that the citrus itself isn’t left on your teeth for longer than necessary.  If you drink citrus juices, try to avoid citrus juices that contain a lot of citric acid such as grapefruit juice or juices with lemon and lime additives.

Soda

Sugary filled drinks such as soda are one of the leading causes of cavities in children and adults. How is Soda so bad for your teeth?  Because it’s typically consumed during daytime hours where people are away from their bathrooms or places where they can brush their teeth, the sugar and syrups from the soda have more time to sit on your teeth and cause cavities.  To prevent having cavities caused by soda, try either avoiding sugary drinks altogether or try diet sodas.

Energy Drinks

Energy drinks are misconceiving in many aspects for both your physical and oral health. Although energy drinks contain electrolytes to help your body recuperate from physical activity, they also contain a large amount of sugar which in turn can cause cavities and enamel erosion.  People typically think that because these energy drinks are good for them that it isn’t necessary to brush their teeth afterward, but in fact, it is quite the opposite.  Either brush your teeth after you consume an energy drink or simply drink water.

Coffee

Coffee is one of those things that many people can’t seem to give up; it has a taste that people crave and is packed full of the caffeine most people need to survive in the mornings.  If you’re one of those people who can’t kick your coffee habit to the curb, try rinsing your mouth with water after you drink a cup because water reduces acid erosion and stains by a significant amount.

Top 4 Foods You Didn’t Know Were Bad Your Teeth

We all know that chomping on candy and drinking sugary sodas is bad for our teeth. But did you know that, while you’re diligently avoiding those things, your teeth are being quietly attacked by other foods you might not have thought of? Here are the top 4 foods that you probably didn’t realize were bad for your teeth.

Diet Sodas

If you’re a fan of a nice cold soda, then you might think that switching to a sugar-free variety is doing your teeth a favor. Unfortunately, you’d be wrong; diet sodas can be just as bad, or even worse for your teeth than regular soda.

Did you know that diet sodas are strongly acidic, with a pH level of around 3.2? To put that into perspective, battery acid has a pH of 1, and water has a pH of 7.

OK, diet soda isn’t like drinking battery acid, but it does have a corrosive effect on the protective enamel layer that surrounds your teeth. Once your enamel has been worn down, it’s never coming back, and plaque bacteria are free to attack the fragile tooth underneath.

Fruit Juices and Smoothies

In an effort to ween children off sodas that are bad for their health, the latest trend is to substitute them for “healthy” fruit juices and smoothies.

These drinks might provide your body with nutrients and vitamins that are great for overall health, but they play havoc with your teeth. Smoothies can be worse than diet sodas; not only are they very acidic, but they also contain a lot of sugar.

If you do enjoy the occasional soda or smoothie, rinse your mouth out with clean water afterward, and brush your teeth 30 to 40 minutes later.

Bread

People often forget that most bread recipes contain sugar. A spoonful of sugar in a homemade loaf of bread isn’t going to cause any problems, but when was the last time you looked at the nutritional content of a shop bought loaf?

Now, this depends on where in the world you live, but in some countries (such as the United States), shop-bought bread can contain a whole spoon of sugar in every single slice!

If you enjoy toast and jam for breakfast, this can be mean that you’ve eaten 10 spoons of sugar before you’ve barely started the day. Add a few spoons into your coffee, and your total is 12 spoons of sugar for breakfast!

Get into the habit of checking the nutritional information on the back of shop-bought bread. Four grams and over means that there’s a spoon of sugar in every single slice.

Deli Meat

This is another one that surprises people, but sugar is indeed added to deli meat both as a preservative and for flavor.

Compared with the other foods on our list, deli meat contains a relatively low amount of sugar. But the problem is that it does tend to get stuck in-between the teeth; providing a fertile breeding ground for plaque.

If you look forward to a sandwich loaded with deli meat every lunchtime, then you really need to make sure that you’re flossing your teeth every day. Brushing simply can’t reach in-between your teeth, and you don’t want to leave fragments of meat in your mouth for plaque bacteria to munch on!

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