Foods secretly ruining your teeth!
Brushing, flossing, using mouthwash and having regular checkups with your dentist and hygienist are all vitally important for good teeth. However it’s important not to overlook the power of a good diet in dental health. Even though we all know things like fizzy drinks, sweets, lollies and chocolate are bad for our teeth, there are more surprising foods that also contribute to cavities that you may not be aware of !
“Dental erosion is recognised as a major cause of tooth damage in people of all ages, though it’s especially worrying to see a relatively high prevalence of this in children and adolescents.”
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Fruit is good for you. However is it good for your teeth?
Oranges and other citrus fruits such as lemons and grapefruits contain high levels of citric acid, which can lead to an increased risk of enamel erosion and teeth sensitivity.
If you are in a position where your teeth are already suffering damage then we recommend either cleaning your teeth straight after or try an apple or a banana instead as these both contain less acid.
Pasta is ok, yes? However if your pasta shapes or linguini or shells are mixed in Napoli or tomato-based sauce, you might want to be careful – Many dentists warn agains these highly acidic sauces. If you want to make your pasta better for your teeth, try natural-based sauces or a simple olive oil base.
It’s not just acidic foods you need to worry about. The famous movie snack popcorn, which can often contain hard un-popped kernels among the popped ones. Hard and crunchy foods place great strains on your teeth, increasing the risk of fractures.
We recommend swapping your popcorn for a fruit snack or some nachos instead.
In the same way that un-popped popcorn can wreak havoc with your teeth, so too can chewing on ice! If you have any large fillings in we recommend you stay away from either sucking on or chewing ice.
Fermented foods fall into the acidic group again. The distinct flavour of pickled foods are very addictive, and many of us are aware of their other health benefits of vitamin A + K and that they contain the good bacteria for gut health. We must however be aware of too much acid in general, and instead swap these things out for something like carrot sticks and humous.
We all want to be slim however celebrity diets are not the way to go if you want to keep your teeth healthy. Check out this article from the British Dental Association