A smile is one of the first things you can use to make a good impression on someone. But what if your smile does not make a good impression at all? In order to make sure you keep a beautiful smile, you need to take special care of your teeth, as they are a very important part of having an amazing smile. In our lives, there are plenty of elements that can destroy teeth. Some of these culprits are very well-known to all of us, but some causes may come to you as a bit of a surprise. One of the leading causes of destroyed teeth is something that we require to stay alive. Not fair, is it? This requirement is food. We are going to show you five foods to avoid but first, let’s discuss how food compromises your oral health.
It is well-known that brushing your teeth at least three times per day is highly important for maintaining clean and healthy teeth for a beautiful white smile. However, brushing is not the only thing you can do to look out for your teeth. First of all, you should know that the food you consume will directly affect your teeth. Everyone knows that sugar is very dangerous for teeth. The bacteria in your mouth will digest a portion of this sugar and produce a mild acid that attacks the tooth enamel. Tooth enamel is the protective coating that keeps your teeth white and healthy. Sugary foods and drinks make it very difficult for the tooth enamel to do its job.
Have you ever thought that fruit can also be dangerous for your teeth? Natural sugar and acid from fruits are another food source that you should worry about. In addition, there are other things to consider such as the length of time food is kept on your teeth. The more time food sits on or between teeth, the more time you give bacteria to produce acids and harm your teeth. You can prevent much of this damage by drinking water with your meal, flossing or brushing with toothpaste, rinsing with alcohol-free fluoride mouthwash, and chewing sugar-less gum.
In addition, here is a list of five major food choices that are dangerous for your teeth and, in consequence, your smile.
- Hard Candy, Sticky Candy, and Fruit Candy. These three types of food are dangerous not only because they contain sugar, but also because you will likely hold them in your mouth for a greater length of time. These acids have the potential to do a large amount of damage in this length of time. Sticky candies and artificial or dried fruit candy will stick to your teeth, preventing saliva from neutralizing the acid’s effect on your tooth’s enamel. In additon, chewy candies can pull out expensive fillings and crowns installed by your dentist which also compromises your oral health.
- Apples and Other Acidic Fruits. Although apples are recommended to ‘keep the doctor away’, they may not keep the dentist away. Apples are not recommended for your teeth’s health unless you avidly brush and floss your teeth three times or more per day. Apples are high in acid and can do a lot of harm to your enamel. You can still eat apples but be sure to rinse your mouth with mouthwash (or at least with water) afterwards. Other acidic fruits such as lemons are also dangerous as they can demineralize your teeth.
- Pickled Vegetables. You might think that pickled vegetables cannot harm you since they are, after all, vegetables – which are assumedly healthy. However, pickled vegetables contain vinegar which is highly acidic and some will also contain sugar. Reduce the risks of damage to your teeth by drinking water with your meal and brushing your teeth within the hour.
- Peanut butter, Jelly and Jam. Peanut butter is not only made with sugar but it is also a sticky gooey substance that is hard on teeth. It feeds bacteria as well as makes it easier for bacteria to adhere to your teeth. The same as peanut butter, jelly and jam are also sticky, sugary substances that poses as danger for your beautiful smile.
- Popcorn. Popcorn produces lactic acid in your mouth and is notorious for getting wedged in between teeth. Aside from these dangers, you can also chip or crack a tooth on an un-popped kernel of popcorn.
Of course, you cannot give up all of these foods just because they might cause harm to your teeth and smile. However, you should be very studious about your oral health by watching what you eat and always brushing after every meal. In order to ensure a healthy and admirable smile, take good care of your teeth by also flossing and following with a dentist approved mouthwash. Your smile is not the only thing that depends on this as an unhealthy mouth poses a lot of damage to the body.