The Worst Foods and Beverages for Your Teeth
While there are definitely foods and beverages that can strengthen your teeth and enamel, there are also many that damage them. Does this mean that you should never consume any of these foods or drinks? No, but being aware of them allows you to consciously limit their intake and your teeth’s exposure to them. The following list of items is deemed unhealthy for your teeth because of the amount of wear and tear that they cause when consumed.
The Five Worst Foods and Beverages For Your Teeth
Soda. Soda contains high concentrations of sugar, which can lead to cavities. It is highly acidic, and those acids can erode the protective enamel of your teeth.
Wine. Both red and white wines contain dangerous acids that can wear down your tooth enamel. Red wine also contains tannins, which dry out the mouth and can stain teeth.
Hard Candies. All candies contain sugar, obviously, but hard candies are especially destructive because the lengthy time they spend in your mouth dissolving. Being overexposed to these sugars can be highly damaging to your teeth because it allows bacteria more time to feed on the sugars and produce acids that damage enamel. (Chewy candies have similar effects.)
Coffee and Tea. Like red wines, coffees and teas contain tannins that stain teeth. The darker the beverage, the more apparent the stain.
Alcohol. Alcohol is actually damaging to the entire mouth. Consumption of alcohol decreases saliva production, which is your mouth’s natural cleaning and repairing agent. It also irritates and corrodes the mouth’s soft tissues, including the gums and cheeks. Alcoholics are much more likely to have gum diseases and get oral cancer.
Remember that this isn’t a blacklist of foods and drinks; you can still consume these freely. Moderation is key with dangerous substances. Additionally, it is beneficial to rinse out your mouth with water afterward to help release trapped food particles and sugars in your mouth. Another option is to chew sugarless gum after eating or drinking since it will stimulate the production of saliva.
If you have any questions about your specific diet or how to healthily balance your favorite foods, contact Tadros Dental today.