If there is anything we want to avoid is a painful checkup, so, wouldn’t it be nice to seriously lower your chances of needing dental work with some strategic eating? There are plenty of foods that people should be avoiding if they want to keep their teeth in good shape. But which are the ones we should avoid as much as possible?
Soda. Whether it is diet or not, your favorite sugary soda is a total smile saboteur.
Hard candy. Savoring a sweet sucker might seem innocent enough but sucking on these candies exposes your mouth to harsh sugars for longer periods of time. And chewing on them can break or crack teeth, fillings, and sealants.
Ice. Ice is just frozen water but chewing on the cubes can cause major damage. Dental experts say nibbling on ice is a major no-no as it can easily crack or break teeth.
White wine. While red wine can cause discoloration, white wine might actually trigger even more damage due to its acidity.
Chewy candy. Sticky candies get stuck between braces and teeth, allowing plaque to build up. Plus, a chewy candy can easily take a tooth out.
PB&J. The high sugar content of all three ingredients means that as soon as you bite in, enamel-eroding bacteria go on a feeding frenzy. And because peanut butter and jelly are both sticky, they allow the bacteria to adhere to your teeth.
Dried fruit. Things like raisins, figs, and dried apricots are bursting with nutrition, and packed with a dense dose of sugar and non-soluble cellulose fiber, which can trap sugars around the tooth.
To learn more about foods to avoid, contact Dr. Johns at 650-697-2073 or visit his website at www.chrisjohnsdds.com.
Dr. Johns also proudly accepts patients from Millbrae, San Francisco, San Mateo, Burlingame, Belmont, San Carlos, and surrounding areas.