Popular Foods and Snacks That Can Harm Your Teeth | Our Dental Blog
Popular Foods and Snacks That Can Harm Your Teeth
Everybody loves to indulge in their favorite snack from time to time. Unfortunately for you, your favorite snack might be doing harm to your teeth and all throughout your mouth. Below, Dr. Sato discusses some of the most popular food and beverage choices and how they can take away from your oral health.
Foods That Can Cause Damage
Sticky Foods: Gummy bears, Jelly Beans, and the like, all fall into this category. Many of our favorite “fruity” candies fall into this category as well. These snacks typically get stuck in your back molars and in between your teeth. When they get stuck, their sugars go on to assault your teeth and gums.
Hard Candies: While you suck on hard candies, sugar is slowly released all over your gums and teeth. This sugar sticks to your teeth and can lead to an increase in cavities and development of gingivitis. Additionally, hard candies are a major cause of dental emergencies, as people often try to bite down on them.
Acidic Fruits: Fruits are great for your health. They are a great provider of all kinds of vitamins and nutrients that benefit your health. However, there are certain fruits that contain a lot of acid: Citric Fruit. These fruits include oranges, tangerines, lemons, limes, and grapefruit, to name a few. The acid in these fruits can wear way your tooth enamel and eventually lead to cavities.
Drinks That Can Cause Damage
Adult Beverages: Whether you like to have a nice glass of wine with your steak or a beer while watching football on Sundays, alcohol can be detrimental to your oral health. The reason for this is due to how dry mouth can cause an increase in cavities and gum disease. Alcohol tends to dehydrate your body which leads to dry mouth.
Sugary Drinks: Certain beverages contain an excess amount of sugar. These drinks include sodas, sports drinks, and energy drinks. The sugar in these drinks goes throughout all of your teeth and wreaks havoc over the entire time you are drinking a bottle or can.
Caffeinated Drinks: Drinks that are high in caffeine, like coffee and some teas, can cause you to have dry mouth. Much like alcohol, caffeine dehydrates your body which leads to dry mouth.