What You Eat Affects Your Smile

What You Eat Affects Your Smile

You brush, floss, and still find yourself having issues with your teeth. Maybe what you eat is affecting your teeth. Some foods we love could have the ability to negatively impact our teeth without us even knowing such as acidic, sugary, sticky, and crunchy foods. Below I will be explaining more about how these foods may be affecting your teeth. This is general guidance as everyone is different, if you are concerned about your dental health please give us a call.

Acidic foods, such as wine or lemons, can cause enamel to wear away which is called erosion. Enamel protects your teeth from cavities. Erosion can change the appearance of your teeth as well. Drinking water can neutralize the mouth and protect the teeth from getting damaged from acidic foods. 

Sugary foods, even fruits, can cause tooth decay. They effect your teeth the same as acidic foods by attacking the enamel of your teeth.

Sticky foods, like candies and dried fruit, can lead to tooth decay as well. Since they stay on your teeth for longer than other types of food, they have more of a chance to cause decay. Make sure to rinse with water and to brush and floss carefully after eating these foods. 

Crunchy foods, like crackers, are similar to sticky foods as they have the ability to get stuck in your teeth. As you eat them, they tend to build up on the biting surface which can lead to decay. Chewing on hard things like popcorn kernels can also cause your teeth to become brittle and break.  

As everyone is different it is important to come in for regular dental hygiene visits. This way we will be able to help you decide what to improve with your dental health routine. Book an appointment today!

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