Foods That Are Damaging To Your Teeth (Including Alcohol)
It’s a good idea to get your teeth checked by your local dentist at least twice a year. For those uninterested in becoming a hygienist, the finer parts of mouth care might not seem like a big deal. Generally, your first instinct is going to be to take care of your teeth anyway, so why get someone else to look at them if you feel no discomfort?
The fact of the matter is that even if you think you aren’t causing harm to your teeth, they may suffer anyway. It all depends on your diet and routine. Some foods that seem safe for teeth lead to problems such as tooth sensitivity. So make an appointment with your dentist and then read up on what exactly your teeth have been dealing with.
- Citric fruit
You probably don’t eat a lemon or lime every day, but oranges and grapefruit can do just as much damage. Citric fruit contains a high amount of acid, which erodes your teeth and makes you more susceptible to tooth decay, specifically starting at the enamel. If you already find yourself struggling with enamel upkeep, choose a different fruit for lunch next time instead.
Anyone who’s ever had a hangover knows that alcohol dehydrates and does other crazy stuff to our bodies. That means it dehydrates your teeth, too. Alcohol reduces your saliva production, which normally would keep sugars from settling in between your teeth for long periods of time. When you have a dry mouth, you’re more likely to get gum disease and tooth decay. Yet another reason to have a glass of water between beers.
- Starchy Foods
Almost everyone can spend the day looking forward to a big bowl of mac and cheese or mashed potatoes for dinner, but starchy foods can do unknown damage to your teeth. Starch is that white filmy stuff that’s difficult to scrub off your pasta strainer, and it sticks just as much between your teeth. If you don’t floss, this starch will produce acids that eat away at your teeth, so always remember to brush and floss!
- Carbonated Sodas
It used to be popular to talk about how certain carbonated beverages could be poured on batteries to erode acid, but not many people think about what that same beverage does to your teeth. Normally, people just think sodas lead to stained teeth, but a recent study found that large quantities of soda damage teeth as much as meth or crack. Try to limit yourself to one or two per day.
Now you know big problem foods to avoid to help your teeth and mouth stay healthy, but what do you do if you find your mouth getting irritated? There are ways to fight back on tooth sensitivity that are easy to do. If you stay informed on how to help your mouth, you won’t have to worry when you walk into your next dental appointment.