Food plays a crucial role in the development of healthy gums and teeth. However, not all foods and drinks are considered suitable for your teeth. Some foods negatively impact your dental health, causing enamel erosion, tooth decay, and gum disease, among other oral conditions. Below are foods you need to limit to safeguard the health of your gums and teeth.
Sodas are among the worst culprits responsible for damaging your teeth. They contain added sugars that promote a conducive environment for cavity-promoting bacteria to thrive, creating an acidic environment that wears your teeth enamel.
It’s undeniable that pasta pairs well with tomato sauce; however, tomatoes are highly acidic and can easily break down your enamel. Besides, their bright red color makes your teeth susceptible to staining. In addition, the carbs in pasta amplify the damage by providing fuel for cavity-causing bacteria, leading to tooth decay.
Tea and coffee contain caffeine making them highly addictive and popular among many. Daily tea and/or coffee consumption increases the likelihood of staining your teeth. Coffee is also highly acidic and, when overly consumed, may damage your enamel.
Studies have found that sports drinks can be just as damaging to your teeth as soda. Sports drinks have a high sugar content and are acidic, which are the major factors contributing to teeth damage.
Candy can be detrimental to your oral health. Sticky and chewy candies are unquestionably the worst because they leave sugar residue on the surface and between your teeth. You can also easily damage your jaw or chip your teeth by biting hard candy.
Crackers contain highly processed starch and contain sugars that increase the risk of developing tooth decay. Crackers also stick to your teeth, promoting a bacteria feast and an acidic environment in your mouth.
Chewing on ice causes sudden expansion and contraction of the enamel resulting in chipped or cracked teeth. It may also lead to the development of teeth sensitivity and cavities. Instead of chewing on ice, it’s best to let it melt in your mouth.
Dried fruits have their fair share of benefits but need to be consumed in moderation. Dried fruits have a sticky texture and are high in sugar, making them bad for your teeth.
Citrus fruits are good sources of Vitamin C and antioxidants but are incredibly acidic. Acidity is one of the greatest enemies of oral health. Eating too much citrus fruit and juice can leave you vulnerable to staining, sensitivity, canker sores, and enamel loss.
You will likely suffer tooth decay and staining if you regularly drink wine. In severe cases, you may experience tooth loss or gum disease. Wine, especially red wine, is high in tannins responsible for staining and drying your mouth.