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What are 4 foods that are bad for your teeth?

Taking care of the smile is more than just brushing and flossing. In fact, dentists find that educating patients on proper nutrition and diet is also helpful in ensuring patients protect their teeth and gums from harmful foods and beverages that can speed up the formation of tooth decay and periodontal disease. Dr. Gonzalez and her associates are committed to helping patients learn more about the ways in which the food they’re consuming impacts the teeth and gums.

What are four foods that are bad for your teeth?

  • Bread. While it’s easy to think about enjoying a sandwich for lunch, it’s important that patients realize that bread starches are broken down into sugar. The gummy texture of bread can stick to the crevices in the molars and contribute to the formation of cavities. Whole wheat bread is better, as it has less added sugars that impact the teeth.
  • Alcohol. Most of us are well aware that alcohol is not healthy to begin with, but it also contributes to dry mouth. The lack of saliva in the mouth can cause bad breath. Saliva is necessary as it can help wash away food particles and sugars on the teeth.
  • Ice. While the contents of ice itself (water) is not bad for the teeth, chewing hard objects such as ice can cause breakage of natural tooth enamel and dental restorations.
  • Citrus fruits. While eating fruits and vegetables is good for the body, acidic fruits such as oranges, lemons, and grapefruits have high levels of acid that can erode natural tooth enamel. Eating highly acidic foods can also cause pain for patients who have canker sores. If you enjoy some of these fruits, be sure to brush your teeth immediately after to remove the acids from the surfaces of the teeth and gums.

Contact Gonzalez Dental Care today

Pembroke Pines, FL area patients considering comprehensive dental care can work with our team to learn more about caring for the smile. Dr. Gonzalez and her associates are committed to ensuring patients have effective treatments available for them, as well as an education to give them the information they need to care for the teeth and gums between routine dental visits. Call (954) 406-5342 today to request a consultation appointment at our practice, conveniently located at 9818 Pines Boulevard.