Even if you brush and floss properly every day, you may still be vulnerable to tooth decay, yellowing of the enamel, and gum disease if you do not consume a healthy diet. While no one food will do too much harm consumed in moderation, there are many foods that can do damage to your smile. Therefore, it is important to know the worst foods for your teeth and gums along with some healthier alternatives to enjoy.
When it comes to your teeth, water is the best beverage you can drink. Juices like orange juice, white grape, and other lightly colored juices are good choices for preventing tooth stains, but they still have a fair amount of sugar and acid that can erode the teeth. The worst beverages for teeth, however, are sports drinks and sodas, which contain very high concentrations of sugar and acid.
Snacking in general is not great for your teeth, because it exposes the tooth surfaces to more food particles that might feed harmful bacteria present in the mouth. There are some healthier snacks that can actually keep your teeth cleaner, and these are fibrous fruits and veggies like celery and apples. Crackers and chips are some of the worst snacks for your teeth, but they may be enjoyed in whole wheat varieties followed by a quick rinse with water or mouthwash.
Sugary foods are not tooth-friendly, and stickier foods like chewy candies and caramels are particularly hard on your teeth. When you have a sweet tooth, options like frozen yogurt or even ice cream are better choices, because they have plenty of calcium to help keep your teeth strong.
For more oral care tips to keep your smile healthy, visit Dr. Kenn Kakosian, D.D.S., P.C. for your general and cosmetic dental care. You can reach our Manhattan dental practice on our website or by calling us at (212) 661-9777.