You are probably aware the importance of your oral health is when it comes to food but how much do you pay attention or do you even know which type of foods are unhealthy for your teeth?
One of the few candies you will ever see a dentist each is sticky candy because they know just how bad sticky candy is for the teeth. Their high sugar content can be a nightmare for your teeth and oral bacteria.
These treats stimulate saliva, which prevents dry mouth. A dry mouth allows plaque to build on teeth faster, leading to an increased risk of cavities.
Sour candies contain more and different kinds of acids than other varieties which makes it worse when trying to brush your teeth too soon as high acid levels in these treats can break down tooth enamel quickly.
It is often mistaken that dried fruits are considered a “healthy snack choice.” However, when it comes to dental health, dried fruits does the opposite as it contains high sugar content which makes them a chewy candy. It is best to avoid those and stick with fresh fruits.
Whether you enjoy sipping on lemon or adding lemon to your water, there should a limit as they are loaded with acid which can wear down and decay your tooth enamel. Lemon and grapefruit are most acidic, while orange is the least acidic of the group.
We all love a bit of snack here and there but beware they can pose a problem to your teeth as well. Snacks such as Crackers, Potato chips, White bread, and Popcorn, etc. contain carbohydrates and although carbohydrates are not necessarily sugar when chewed the enzymes in your saliva break down the starch into sugar which means mushy texture can get trapped between your teeth for a long time.
Just like pickles too, vinegar is most often the culprit that will trigger tooth decay as it contains acid. Although taste is delicious with sandwiches or eating them alone, they are also a real teeth’s nightmare. Therefore, it is recommended to drink some water afterward to minimize the acid.
Food is meant to make you healthy and happy, do not stress yourself by limiting the amount of food to eat. Food can be enjoyable as long as you follow the basic principles of keeping your teeth and gums stay healthy.
For more information about oral health, please feel free to speak to one of our members at Dr. Emma Wu, who will be more than happy to provide you a free consultation to your worries.