Recent findings from a detailed report by Healthline have revealed some common foods that may not be so tooth-friendly. At Torbram Dental, we believe in the importance of preventive dentistry and regular dental checkups for optimal dental health. In response to the report, we have taken the time to provide our expert commentary on each of these food categories. (Source: Healthline, The 8 Worst Foods for Your Teeth, medically reviewed by Christine Frank, DDS, by Stacey Feintuch, June 23, 2023, https://www.healthline.com/health/dental-and-oral-health/worst-foods-for-your-teeth
First, the report indicates that sour candies are among the worst foods for your teeth. Sour candies are known to be both sugary and acidic, which can lead to tooth decay. “It’s essential to remember,” warns Torbram Dental, “that sour candies can cause a double whammy effect on your teeth. Their high sugar content fuels bacteria, and their acidity can erode tooth enamel. After consuming such candies, avoid brushing immediately to prevent further enamel wear. Instead, rinse your mouth with water and wait for at least 30 minutes before brushing.”
The report also pointed out that bread could be harmful to your dental health. When you chew bread, your saliva breaks down the starches into sugar, which can get stuck in the grooves and crevices between teeth, leading to cavities. Torbram Dental advises, “Opt for less-refined varieties like whole grain that contain less added sugars and aren’t as easily broken down.”
Alcohol, another item on the list, can cause dehydration and dry mouth, which can harm your teeth because it reduces saliva flow. Saliva helps keep food debris from sticking to your teeth and washes away food particles. “At Torbram Dental, we promote moderate alcohol consumption and encourage hydrating with water in between drinks to safeguard against the condition of dry mouth and to stimulate the production of saliva,” says a spokesperson from Torbram Dental.
Healthline’s report further cautions against carbonated drinks, which can make your mouth acidic. According to Torbram Dental, “Frequent consumption of carbonated drinks can lead to enamel erosion. Consider swapping out carbonated drinks with water, milk, or unsweetened tea for better dental health.”
Next up is ice. While it’s made from water and doesn’t contain any harmful sugars or additives, chewing on hard substances can damage enamel and make your teeth vulnerable to dental emergencies. “We strongly advise against chewing ice to protect your teeth from injury or damage. Use ice to chill your beverages, not as a chewable snack,” suggests Torbram Dental.
Citrus fruits, while providing vitamin C, contain acid that can erode enamel, making teeth more susceptible to decay. “Incorporate citrus fruits into your diet in moderation as they contain healthy vitamins. It is essential to rinse your mouth with water after consuming citrus fruits to neutralize the acid,” recommends Torbram Dental.
Unfortunately, potato chips, a favorite snack for many, made it to the list of potentially damaging foods for your teeth. These snacks are usually high in starch, which tends to get trapped in your teeth. If not properly cleaned, these food particles can contribute to plaque build-up.
Commenting on this, Torbram Dental explains, “The crunch of a potato chip is undeniably satisfying, but the potential harm to your dental health is significant. These small, starchy particles are notorious for finding their way into the crevices of your teeth, where they can lead to plaque build-up and, eventually, tooth decay. If you can’t resist the allure of potato chips, it’s critical to floss thoroughly afterward to remove any lodged particles. As an alternative, consider satisfying your need for crunch with healthier options, like carrots or celery. These not only provide a similar satisfying crunch but also promote saliva production, which helps cleanse your teeth naturally.”
Lastly, dried fruits may seem like a healthy snack, but their sticky nature can stay on your teeth, causing damage over time. “We recommend opting for fresh fruits as much as possible and ensuring a thorough dental cleaning after consuming dried fruits,” informs Torbram Dental.
General dentistry, including regular dental checkups, is pivotal to maintaining good dental health. At Torbram Dental, we prioritize education on nutrition and oral care to prevent dental issues before they arise. While it’s not necessary to completely avoid these foods, it’s crucial to consume them in moderation, maintain good oral hygiene, and regularly schedule dental cleanings.
Visit Torbram Dental today for a comprehensive dental checkup, and let us help you maintain your bright and healthy smile!