There are several foods that help promote good oral health. However, there are also several foods that can actually harm your overall oral health. Here, we’ll discuss which foods should be avoided to maintain good oral health.
Cavities are caused by bacteria in the mouth that digest carbohydrates in the foods you eat. Continuously eating sugary foods can increase the number of oral bacteria in your mouth, which produce the acid that wears away your enamel.
Sugary foods also increase the production of plaque. This sticky film coats your teeth, trapping food and bacteria. After you eat, the bacteria feed on the sugar and produce acids that eat away your enamel.
Starchy foods, such as potato chips, crackers, and bread, can get stuck in your teeth and gums and cause decay. These hard foods do not dissolve easily when chewed, and they can cause your teeth to crack, chip, or even break.
Acidic foods can erode the enamel on your teeth and make them susceptible to tooth decay. Avoid foods like citrus fruits, tomatoes, vinegar, coffee, sports drinks, soda, etc.
Sticky foods, such as caramel and gummy candies, can stick to your teeth and attract bacteria, leading to tooth decay. In addition to being sugary, sticky foods tend to get stuck in difficult-to-reach places, like between teeth and underneath gums. This can cause decay and cavities to form. Hard candies are also hazardous to oral health.
Crunchy foods have the unfortunate effect of damaging your teeth. When you bite into a crunchy food, your enamel is weakened, and your nerves are stimulated. Over time, this can lead to tooth sensitivity.
So, what crunchy foods should you avoid?
There are many processed foods that should be avoided for improved oral health. Processed foods are usually high in sugar, starch, and other ingredients that can cause cavities. Foods like chips and crackers should be avoided, as should dried fruits like raisins. Foods high in sugar and starch include candy, cake, cookies, and ice cream. Even fruits and vegetables high in natural sugars should be eaten in moderation, as they can cause cavities.
Cigarettes, cigars, and chewing tobacco can all cause a variety of oral health issues. The nicotine in tobacco products can weaken the bond of your teeth, making your teeth more prone to staining, decay, and gum disease. On top of that, tobacco products contain high amounts of sugar, which can contribute to tooth decay.
Alcoholic beverages have been associated with an increased risk of oral cancers, gum disease, and decay. They are also acidic, which can break down enamel. Alcoholic beverages can also cause dehydration, which can also lead to bad breath. If you do enjoy an occasional alcoholic beverage, make sure that you’re also drinking plenty of water.
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