4 Worst Foods for Your Teeth

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Most people know some of the worst foods for teeth contain processed sugars. However, you may not be aware of how many everyday foods can harm your teeth. The foods you eat have a significant impact on your oral health

You can keep your smile sparkling and healthy by staying away from problem foods and drinks. Take steps today to avoid damaging or discoloring your teeth. Below is a list of foods you may not know are bad for your teeth. 

1. Acidic Food and Drinks 

Acid presents danger in high amounts or with regular use because it damages the protective layer of enamel on your teeth. Citrus fruits like lemon, lime, and oranges have a high acid content. Energy drinks and sports drinks also have a lot of sugar and acid, which is a nightmare combination for anyone trying to maintain oral health. 

2. Sugary and Staining Beverages

Several popular drinks have a negative impact on oral health when they become a regular part of your diet. A few cups here and there won’t cause any problems, but avoid drinking them frequently throughout the week. Any drink high in sugar, including soda and fruit juice, increases the risk of developing decay. 

Sugar destroys the outer layer of enamel on your teeth, leaving them more exposed and sensitive. Many popular drinks can also stain your teeth and leave them looking yellow or dark. Beverages like coffee, wine, and tea cause teeth discoloration when you drink them regularly.   

3. Starchy Breads and Pasta 

Starch-rich foods like pasta and bread can cause gingivitis and tooth decay. In your mouth, the starch breaks down into sugar. The sticky quality of chewed bread and pasta means they tend to stick between teeth where the newly transitioned sugar wreaks havoc. 

4. Foods That Cause a Dry Mouth 

Some foods and drinks leave your mouth dry, which increases the risk of tooth decay, infections, and gingivitis. In addition to acidic foods, beer is one of the most common culprits, and drinking beer regularly will dry out your mouth. Without saliva to wash away food particles that get stuck between your teeth, bacteria flourishes and causes inflammation of the gums and other issues. 

By limiting your intake of bad food for your teeth and brushing your teeth after meals, you can lower the risk of gum disease, plaque, and decay. 

Learn More about Improving Your Oral Health 

You now know the worst foods for your teeth. Just a few changes to your diet can keep your teeth healthy. Make sure your clear smile is here to stay by getting regular dental checkups. Call us today at Westchase Smiles Institute at 813-920-9144 to get more information on improving your oral health or to set up an appointment. 

If you prefer to speak to a team member please call (813) 920-9144

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