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The Worst Foods and Beverages for Your Oral Health

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When thinking about the health of your smile, brushing and flossing is only one aspect of keeping yourself healthy. Just like the rest of your body, foods and beverages you consume can affect your oral health.

Most people know what foods they should be eating, but what about those to avoid? Here are a few of the foods and beverages that take a real toll on the health or appearance of your smile.

Energy Drinks and Soda

Not only are sodas and energy drinks packed with sugar, but they are also high in acid. This creates a double whammy for your teeth because acidic foods and beverages expedite the decay process.

So, choosing those without sugar should be ok, right? 

Not really. 

These types of beverages are ultra-high in acid and can still cause decay or pitting in your enamel, putting your teeth at risk.

Sticky, Chewy Candies – Especially Sour Ones!

Everyone knows that candy causes decay, right? Some candies are worse than others. Things like caramels, toffee, and gummies all stick in your teeth and linger long after your tasty treats are gone. If you choose the sour options, they are also coated in highly acidic ascorbic acid, which contributes to decay.

Chips and Crackers

Wait, I thought sugar causes cavities. Why did chips and crackers make the list?

Carbohydrates found in chips and crackers quickly convert to sugar during digestion, which begins when you chew and the food particles mix with your saliva. Because foods like chips and crackers stick in the grooves of your teeth, they make the high-risk list of foods that cause decay.

Ice-Ice – No Way

Ice is fine to cool your beverage on a warm summer day, but chewing it can cause fractured teeth. It’s best to avoid chewing ice and hard candies because a broken tooth can be painful and costly to repair. In some cases, if the tooth splits, you may even require an extraction. It’s best to leave your ice in the glass where it belongs.

Wine and Coffee

Wine and coffee can stain your smile when consumed regularly. This is no secret to people who enjoy these fine beverages. Both are deeply colored and can leave trace color deposits on your teeth, making them look dark or yellow. They are also acidic, which means that they also damage enamel. 

You don’t have to give up the little pleasures in life, however, just be sure to drink plenty of water afterward and if your teeth start to look dark, finding an Indianapolis dentist that offers teeth whitening it easy. At Shank Dentistry, we offer both in-office and take-home whitening to brighten your smile. So give our office a call today!

At your next appointment, we'd love to talk to you about nutrition and how healthy foods support beautiful smiles.

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