Many people don’t know that a lot of the foods we eat on a daily basis can actually cause our teeth a lot of unnecessary turmoil. While it isn’t exactly necessary to completely avoid these foods, it would at least be a good idea to know what they are, to cut them down in your daily diet.
There are several different types of food that can damage and discolor our beautiful teeth. You may not even be aware that these foods are harming your teeth every time you eat, unless you’ve already had some experience with the pain that this damage can cause. Of course you can still go on and eat these foods, but with moderation and with proper care for your teeth. You’ll want to have an idea of the foods you’ll need to watch out for, and ensure that in addition to cutting them down or out of your diet, you also practice proper oral and dental hygiene each and every time you consume them. Here are the two main things you’ll need to look out for, as they can have the most damaging effect on your pearly whites.
Foods that are Loaded with Sugar
Drinking sodas or eating sweets once in a while is not actually a problem, as long as it is only once in a while. The problem occurs when you start taking these sweets regularly, as the regular consumption of these sugary treats can affect not only your overall health, but that of your smile as well. Obviously, sweet foods are rich in sugar, corn syrup or other sweeteners, which are terrific energy sources to the bacteria that is always present in our mouths. These sugars can actually increase the activity of those bacteria, causing more plaque to form upon our teeth and gums. This plaque can cause greater issues with your teeth to occur, not the least of which being cavities and discoloration. Soda and acidic fruit juice, with or without sugar added, are the greatest culprits in tooth decay and discoloration.
Sugary drinks and foods every so often is often a wonderful treat, and there’s no need to cut them out of the foods you eat completely. It’s merely important that, if you’re one of those people who ‘indulges’ in several of these sweets per day, you begin to reduce the number drastically. Also, following a few simple steps can help to prevent teeth turmoil; brushing your teeth thoroughly after eating or drinking something with excessive sugar, flossing and rinsing your out your mouth will keep your teeth from taking the brunt of the damage these sugars can cause.
Foods that Dry Out Your Mouth
You may not know that maintaining a well hydrated mouth is essential in keeping your teeth and gums healthy, but it’s true. A dry mouth is more susceptible to damage and decay. In order to prevent these conditions, you’ll need to ensure that you don’t have a dry, under-hydrated mouth.
Chewing gum and drinking alcohol can make your mouth dry, as can smoking cigarettes. There are also certain medications that can make the mouth dehydrated, which is of course bad for your teeth. What you can do here is to regularly rinse your mouth to keep it extra hydrated. You may also rinse it with fluoridated liquids for keeping your mouth hydrated and healthy. You should also see to it that you drink plenty of water throughout the day because, in addition to just being an overall healthy beverage, water helps to keep your mouth hydrated.
These are some of the foods that you should definitely avoid, or at the very least reduce your intake of, to prevent teeth turmoil. Keeping your teeth healthy will keep your smile happy. It will also help you save a substantial amount of money from getting treatments from the dentists, which will also keep your smile happy. But don’t forget that regular check-ups and a steady, thorough brushing, flossing and rinsing routine are irreplaceable in the fight to keep your teeth white and strong.