There are certain foods and drinks that can increase your chances of developing tooth decay and gum disease. Most people are aware that sugary foods, candy, and soft drinks are bad. However, there are also other foods that can also be bad for your oral health.
Dried fruits like raisins, craisins, and prunes are very sticky and loaded with sugar compounds. They can easily get stuck in the contours of your teeth and gum line, essentially feeding the harmful bacteria in your mouth. If possible, you should try to eat fresh fruits and low acid vegetables. If you do eat dried fruits you might want to brush and floss your teeth afterward.
Highly acidic foods like tomatoes and citrus fruit can cause microscopic erosion in the minerals that make up your tooth enamel. If you are going to eat these foods, try to enjoy them in moderation and don’t to eat them alone.
When it comes to beverages, try to give preference to drinking water over soft drinks or sweetened beverages. Consume alcohol in moderation, as it can cause dehydration and dry mouth, which promotes tooth decay. Be sure to drink plenty of water afterward.
If you’d like to learn more about foods that can affect your oral health, please call our office at 972.484.5400 to schedule an appointment. We’ll look forward to seeing you again.