You already know your diet plays a big role in your overall health and wellness, but do you keep the health of your teeth in mind as well? Certain food and drink products can cause notable damage to your teeth and tooth enamel, while others can keep your pearly whites strong and healthy for years to come. If you needed any more motivation to start cleaning up your diet for a better sense of well-being overall, take into consideration the health of your teeth and mouth. You may not think about them as often as you think about the health of your heart or brain, but once you start experiencing problems with your teeth, you’ll wish you had taken this aspect of your health more seriously.
As delicious as biting into a warm pastry or a big bag of chips can be, the way these foods tend to clump in your mouth as they get broken down by chewing can create damage over time. As these clumps of refined carbohydrates remain lodged in your teeth, they can turn highly acidic and promote the growth of harmful bacteria which can create cavities in the future.
This can sound tricky, because we’ve all heard that citrus foods can provide us with plenty of Vitamin C, which is a good thing. However, the acid from these drinks can erode tooth enamel and make the growth of cavities that much easier to occur. Lemons and grapefruits are known to be the most acidic of these fruits, while oranges are the least erosive and damaging. Try to avoid eating these fruits on a daily basis, and definitely don’t try to substitute your Vitamin C intake with sugary fruit juices. Most store-bought brands add loads of sugar and artificial preservatives to their fruit juices, making them even more damaging to your teeth and overall health in general.
Certain Coffees or Teas, Sodas
Speaking of drinks, some of your favorites may be posing a significant hazard to your dental health. Like fruit juices, sodas often have a high sugar content which can erode tooth enamel. Unfortunately, coffee and certain dark teas can have a similar effect. Try to avoid adding sugar into these drinks, and keep in mind that the darker the drink, the more likely it is to stain your teeth. Brushing and flossing after consuming these drinks, in addition to keeping up your twice daily cleaning routine, can reduce this effect.
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