Now that face masks are not required, it is time to show off your nice white teeth again! Here are some foods and beverages that you should think about avoiding to keep those teeth white and healthy.
Not only is alcohol very damaging to your whole body’s health, it also affects your oral health as well. Alcohol prevents the natural production of saliva which is why many people experience a dry mouth while or after drinking. Salvia is a critical part of maintaining good oral health. Saliva not only washes away trapped food but it also prevents some oral infections such as early signs of decay and gum disease.
Many people feel healthy picking a sports drink such as Vitamin Water or Gatorade over a soda. However, in most cases these sports drinks are filled with sugar and acid just as much as soda. The acid and sugar present in these types of drinks breaks down tooth enamel making it more susceptible to decay. Avoid these sugary sports drinks and pick water as an alternative to keep your teeth in good condition.
Although citrus fruits such as oranges, grapefruits and lemons are filled with Vitamin C and antioxidants, they can be very harmful for your teeth if they are not consumed in moderation. Citrus fruits have very high levels of acid that can erode away your tooth enamel. When this happens teeth become very vulnerable to tooth decay. The acid from citrus can also cause sores in your mouth if consumed too frequently.
Although dried fruits are a healthy alternative to candies or other sweets, they do come with some drawbacks for your oral health. Many dried fruits are sticky and contain a lot of sugar. These sticky, sugar snacks get stuck in the spaces between and in your teeth. If you eat dried fruits be sure to floss and brush your teeth after so there isn’t a build up of plaque.
Coffee & Tea
There is nothing better than to wake up with a good, fresh cup of coffee. However your teeth might not think the same. Coffees and black teas are known for leaving dark stains on teeth. Studies have shown that coffee stains are one of the toughest to get off of teeth. Regular brushing of your teeth won’t do the trick. If you have stubborn coffee or tea stained teeth, visit a dentist for regular cleanings or looking at your options for teeth whitening.