Nobody likes visiting the dentist, but sometimes it is unavoidable. Dentists are great at repairing damage to your teeth as a result of physical harm or dietary degradation. However, there are ways you can actively prevent your diet from adversely affecting your teeth. Certain foods are much more dangerous for the sensitive materials in your teeth, like the enamel coating that is responsible for making teeth shiny and durable. Enamel is vital for the health of your teeth, and it doesn’t grow back once it has been eaten away from a tooth’s surface. Once it is gone, it is gone for good. You can help avoid the degradation of the enamel on your teeth by avoiding the foods that are known to eat away at the material.
Enamel can be drastically affected by anything acidic, which is why fruits like lemons, limes, oranges, and grapefruits should be avoided. These fruits are a great way to boost the taste factor in a glass of water, but over-exposure to acids of any sort can cause the enamel to decay from your teeth.
Soft drinks are a two-fold threat to your teeth. They contain high levels of acidic substances, and they introduce an incredibly large amount of sugar into your system. Sugar itself isn’t actually bad for teeth, which is a common misconception. However, there are latent bacteria within your mouth that feed on any sugar that remains behind, and those bacteria transforms the sugar into a powerful acid that then destroys your enamel.
Everyone knows that coffee can stain your teeth, and that is definitely true, but that is only one aspect of how coffee affects your teeth. Most people don’t drink coffee black, which means they are adding cream and sugar that can feed the acid-producing bacteria in your mouth. Coffee also acts as a diuretic, which can cause dry mouth. A dry mouth is a perfect home for bacteria since your saliva acts as a sort of dilution buffer for the majority of the bacteria.
Just because ice is made of pure water and contains no sugar doesn’t mean it is good for your teeth. Anything of sufficient hardness that must be crunched by your teeth can cause tiny micro-cracks to form in the surface of your teeth, which can lead to tooth decay and cavities. It is much better to stick with the liquid form of water, and if you absolutely must have ice, just don’t chew it.
Any Sticky, Gummy Food
While gummy foods are easy to chew and eat, they can cause extended damage since they are harder to completely rinse from the mouth, even with proper salivation. Sticky foods tend to get stuck in between teeth, and flossing tends to be the only way to remove them.
Remember to visit your Oshawa dentist at least once every 6 months to get a good cleaning!