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What foods and beverages should you avoid for a healthier smile?

Taking care of the smile is incredibly important to extend the lifespan of the teeth and gums. This includes not only brushing and flossing every day, but visiting the dentist regularly. In addition, patients can take even more steps in protecting their smile from decay and disease—enjoying a healthy diet.

Dr. Gonzalez and her associates can educate patients during their dental visit regarding the best—and worst—foods and beverages for the smile!

Food and beverages to avoid

While it’s okay to enjoy a sweet treat now and then, it is essential that patients do not make it a habit to consume these foods and beverages on a regular basis without caring for the teeth afterward. Here is a list of some of the more common foods that should be avoided daily to enjoy better oral health and wellness:

  • Food and beverages high in acid content – acids can be problematic for the smile because they can erode the natural tooth enamel and cause the formation of cavities. In addition, they weaken enamel and make the teeth more sensitive. Some examples include lemons, alcohol, pickles, and coffee.
  • Food and beverages with high sugar content – we all know sugar is bad for the teeth, but why exactly? Sugars and natural bacteria in the mouth combine to create acids that can cause cavities to develop.
  • Food that is sticky and chewing – even though gum and taffy can be extremely delicious, they can do a number on the teeth. They get stuck on the teeth and gums and can contribute to the formation of bacteria that can lead to periodontal disease. This infection spreads and can cause irreversible damage to the bone, tissues, and teeth.

Discuss your nutritional needs with the team at Gonzalez Dental Care in Pembroke Pines, Florida

If you want to speak to a dentist about protecting the teeth and gums with a proper diet, contact the practice of Gonzalez Dental Care. Our practice, located at 9818 Pines Boulevard, is available for new and current patients considering dental education. Call (954) 432-4800 to book a consultation visit with our team and discuss the advantages of good oral health habits—with proper nutrition as well!