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Worst Foods For Oral Health

Worst Foods For Oral Health

Posted by RADIANT DENTAL CARE on Oct 17 2022, 10:11 PM

Food plays a major role in maintaining your oral health. But there are some food items that can harm your oral health. A few of the worst foods for oral health include:

  • Candy

Avoid hard, sticky candy that stays in your mouth for a long time. This produces a highly acidic environment that wears on the enamel of your teeth. Hard and sticky candies can crack teeth or cause them to become misaligned over time. Sugary treats are also high in carbohydrates which can cause cavities and tooth decay. Choose healthier options such as dark chocolate or sugar-free jelly beans if you want something sweet to chew on. And don't forget to floss after eating sugary foods

  • Bread

This food may be delicious, but it can cause a lot of problems with your oral health. This is because the starch in bread turns into a sticky substance called plaque on the teeth. When the bacteria in your mouth feed on that plaque, it can lead to acid attacks on the teeth. This can lead to cavities and other dental health issues.

  • Alcohol

People who drink alcoholic beverages are at a much higher risk for oral cancers and other issues like dry mouth and cavities compared to those who drink none, according to a study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention. Oral cancer risk is higher among people who smoke and/or drink alcohol and smoke.

  • Carbonated drinks

Any beverage that has carbonation is bad for your teeth because it can erode your enamel. This includes not only soda but also sparkling water, flavored water, and anything else that's carbonated. If you consume these beverages, consider drinking them with a straw to limit the contact they have with your teeth and gums, and rinse your mouth afterward

  • Ice

Chewing on ice can lead to chipped teeth and damage to fillings or other restorative work. So, it's best to avoid chewing ice.

  • Acidic foods

Acidic foods and beverages can cause tooth erosion and decay. The acid in many of these foods can erode tooth enamel, making teeth more sensitive and susceptible to tooth decay and cavities. Excessively acidic beverages also include coffee, tea, sports and energy drinks, wine, and some fruit juices, as well as carbonated soda. If you do drink any of these beverages, it's best to do so in moderation and rinse your mouth with water afterward.

  • Sports drinks

We all know what sports drinks are for – hydration! But did you know that these beverages are actually bad for your oral health? The sugar in sports drinks feeds the bacteria in your mouth, causing plaque and acid production to spike. This can result in cavities as well as erosion along the gumline. What is your best option? Drink water during workouts instead!

Please feel free to stop by our dental offices for a checkup or to learn more tips for maintaining good oral health. Book your slot by calling us at (281) 991-6530 or visiting us at 6429 Fairmont Pkwy Ste # 101, Pasadena, TX 77505. 

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