Doylestown dentists know that, at a minimum, you need to brush at least twice a day and floss at least once a day to maintain good oral health. But what else are you doing to take care of your teeth? Are you rinsing your mouth with water after each meal to loosen the food stuck in between your teeth? Are you using mouthwash to clean the other parts of your mouth that your toothbrush doesn’t clean? Knowing which foods that can be more damaging than others is half the battle, but actually sticking to a plan is the most difficult.
Today there are more food products than ever and going grocery shopping can be quite the task. New snacks and candies are being brought to store shelves that are packed sugar and can be very acidic. These foods can be very harmful to your oral health. Any foods that are acidic, sugary, sticky, hard in texture, or are dark colored can contribute to tooth decay, staining, and chipped or broken teeth. So what should you avoid? Here is a list of a few foods that can be damaging to your teeth:
You might be asking yourself, ” I eat these things on a daily basis, so do I really have to give them up?” Keep in mind that it is ok to have these foods as long as they are in moderation, but you should be aware of their damaging effects.
So what foods are actually good for your teeth? Studies show foods with lots of vitamins and minerals, like calcium, support healthy teeth especially in your younger years when your teeth are still developing. Also, foods with a high amount of water content, like cucumbers and watermelon, help protect teeth from damage to the enamel, staining, and built up bacteria. These foods include:
The key to a healthy smile is threefold. Maintaining a proper diet, positive lifestyles choices (avoiding smoking), and consistent good oral health habits can give you the best chance at maintaining a healthy smile. To avoid all the foods on this list is almost impossible and unrealistic. Again, moderation is key when it comes to food, not just for your oral health, but your overall health. This also includes tobacco usage. Smoking and chewing tobacco can have serious risks including tooth discoloration, gum disease, stroke, and cancer. What it comes down to is choice. You can choose the foods you eat. You can choose to smoke or not. You can choose to brush your teeth. However, if you want the personal dental care from the best dentist in the Doylestown area, choose Highpoint Dental Medicine.