Thursday, 23 January 2014

Top Food and Drink Dental Offenders

We've always been told as children that eating candy will give us cavities. As adults, have you ever stopped to wonder if there are any other foods that are harmful for your teeth?

Much as we may hate to admit it, our parents were right when they said that candy is bad for the teeth. Sweets are some of the top cavity-causing foods. This is because of their sugar content. Sugar makes the mouth more acidic which over time wears away at your teeth enamel. In addition, chewy sweets like dried fruit (yes, even fruit) and chewy candies can get stuck in between the teeth feeding cavity-causing bacteria.

Just like the chewy sweets, starchy foods are also potent bacteria fodder. Firstly because they, too, can easily get lodged in between teeth. Secondly, because starch converts into sugar as it is broken down by the enzymes in the mouth. This means cutting back on potato chips, fried, soft breads, al dente pasta and even crackers to keep your teeth healthy.

If you want to keep your teeth bright and clean, you have to avoid acidic foods and beverages. This group of dental offenders include soda, citrus fruits and juices, pickles and sports drinks. The acidity of these foods and drinks wear away at the teeth's enamel, leaving them susceptible to cavities as well as staining.

Of course, a well-balanced diet is crucial for your overall health and the best rule of thumb is always moderation. Understanding the effects of the food you eat will help you make the right choices to help you maintain a healthy and active life.

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