When we think about what we consume and why we pick one food over another, it typically boils down to flavour preferences or health advantages. However, the impact of our food choices on our teeth should be prioritised a lot more than you may think.
These foods may still be appreciated and should not be eliminated from anyone’s diet altogether. The most essential thing is to floss or rinse your mouth after you consume them, and be mindful about how much you eat and how frequently you eat them.
⦁ Sour Lollies
It should come as no surprise that lollies are bad for your teeth. However, sour lollies in particular include more and various types of acids that are more harsh on your teeth.
It should come as no surprise that lollies are bad for your teeth. However, sour lollies in particular include more and various types of acids that are more harsh on your teeth. Furthermore, because they’re sticky and chewy, they adhere to your teeth for a greater amount of time, increasing the likelihood of decay. If you’re craving something sweet and still naughty, try a square of chocolate, which you can devour fast and wash away effortlessly.
We enjoy popcorn the same way you do, though it’s crucial to be cautious when consuming it. Little particles of popcorn can quickly become trapped between your teeth, as you are well aware. This is risky because germs can accumulate between your teeth where the popcorn rests. Furthermore, unpopped popcorn kernels are very rough and can damage and cracking your teeth.
Alcohol itself isn’t exactly healthy and that is no secret. But were you aware that drinking causes your mouth to dry out? A dry mouth loses saliva, which is necessary for tooth health. Saliva keeps bits of food from clinging to the teeth and wipes them away. It even aids in the treatment of early indicators of dental caries, gum disease, and other oral diseases. Drink plenty of water and utilise fluoride mouthwashes to keep your mouth moisturised.
When you eat bread, your saliva converts carbs into sugar. When the bread hardens into a gooey paste-like material in your mouth, it attaches to the gaps between your teeth. As a result, cavities may develop. When you’re craving bread, go for less processed options like whole wheat. These have less added sugars and are more difficult to break down.
⦁ Carbonated Drinks
Even “diet” carbonated sodas encourage plaque to create more acid, which attacks tooth enamel. So, if you drink soft drinks all day, your teeth are effectively coated with acid. Furthermore, it dries up your mouth, resulting in less saliva. Finally, dark-colored drinks might discolour or stain your teeth.
The Australian Dental Association even warns that “Sugary drinks contribute the most added sugar to Australian diets.”
⦁ Potato Chips
For many of us, the crisp of a potato chip is gratifying. However, chips are high in starch. The starch is broken down into sugar, which becomes stuck on and in between your teeth. This sugar stimulates the bacteria in the plaque. Because we rarely consume just one, the acid produced by the chips clings and lasts a long time. Be sure to floss after eating to eliminate any stuck particles.
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