It’s no surprise both adults and children love to eat candies and different foods, but not everything we eat resonates with having healthy teeth. A lot of candy on the market is filled with added sugar. Sugar substitutes fill cavity hunger whereas food that we consume with yeast in it, such as pasta, is plaques number one friend.
Even after practicing positive oral hygiene by brushing both your and your kid’s mouths twice daily, there are foods to avoid for healthier teeth. Today, we are going to outline some of the foods many dentists would prefer you remove from your diets.
Dried Fruits and Sticky “Gummy” Candies/Treats
Typically, when you think of gummy candies, you think of the sticky residue they leave on teeth so it’s no surprise gummy candies are not good for teeth. Long lasting residue means longer times for sugar to affect your teeth poorly.
What about dried fruits? When you hear the word “fruit” it is associated with positivity, nutrients, healthy living, etc., but that’s not the case with eating dried fruit. Most dried fruits have large concentrated amounts of sugar which means they have the same negative effect on teeth as candy.
Speaking of candy, let’s talk about hard candy. Hard candy takes forever to dissolve in your mouth. That’s why so many people love it. Not only do they get the flavor for 10-15 minutes on a single piece, but they save money because you purchase an entire package of hard candies whereas you’d purchase individual sticks of candy bars
In a nutshell – no candy; hard, soft, or gummy is good for your teeth. Don’t fall victim to marketing gimmicks when purchasing dried fruit either. Check the labels and make sure the dried fruit is natural and not artificially coated in sugar.
Many citrus fruits are healthy for your bodies but not so healthy for your teeth. Citrus creates acid and acid is detrimental to your teeth’s enamel. If you absolutely must have your morning breakfast with a large glass of orange juice, be sure to rinse after with water and then brush your teeth. This will help remove extra acid that may be sitting on your teeth and causing decay.
Probably one of the more easily recognized foods on this list is soda pop (aka: carbonated drinks). Carbonated drinks have high acid levels due to their extreme amounts of sugar. So, if you really love going to the dentist and want to possibly go more than twice a year, keep drinking because in doing so, you’ll definitely need to get your mouth cleaned far more often than if you removed this from your diet. And, if you prefer to not visit the dentist more than twice a year, and you want to remove a few pounds from your waistline, removing soda pop is one of the best ways to do so!
Some people believe that your teeth are the answer to everything from opening bottles to breaking up hard candies and even chomping on ice. While our teeth are strong, chewing on hard substances and depending on your teeth to break them up is really bad for your oral health. Not only do hard substances give your teeth a workout but they can chip, crack or break your teeth which of course is never good. Today, make it a goal to stop this habit if you’re one that indulges in it.
Establishing a healthy ritual in your diet is a personal choice and only one that you can make. Making the choice to remove excess sugars, hard items, and starches from your diet can yield positive mental, physical and oral health. For more information on oral hygiene, visit our dental laboratory blog.