We all consume food and drinks, so something we all should be aware of is just how safe these are to consume for the sake of our teeth and the potential risks if we continue to consistently consume them.
Please note before reading that the foods and drinks listed below don’t have to be completely avoided, however, they’re listed a precautions, and they do cause quite a bit of harm for the teeth as compared to healthier options such as fresh veggies and water.
Chewy, sticky foods and candies
Sure you can imagine that chewy or sticky foods such as candies and caramels, if sticky enough, can easily become lodged between the teeth and inside the cracks and crevices of them. Because these contain sugar, this make for a great meal for the oral bacteria living in your mouth.
Having it sit promptly in your teeth thanks to its stickiness doesn’t really help much either. Extra flossing and brushing is necessary after consumption of chewy, stick foods.
Both ice and your teeth are made up of a crystalline structure. Because of this, when the two are pressed together, one of the two will break: Either the ice piece or your teeth. If your tooth is the one that breaks, that’s the unfortunate part. Luckily, you can chew on smaller, finer pieces of ice such as shaved ice to decrease the chances of this happening.
Citrus is, you guessed it, quite acidic, and we know that acids aren’t the best for our teeth as they can deteriorate the tooth’s enamel layer. For this reason, citrus should not be eaten in excess, and citrus should not be allowed to sit directly on the teeth.
After eating or drinking anything acidic, wait for 30-60 minutes before brushing the teeth, otherwise, the toothbrush will rub the acids deeper and harder into the teeth causing more harm.
Crunchy foods such as chips
Crunchy foods are also harmful for your teeth since they can become easily trapped within the teeth. Especially when consuming starchy foods such as potato chips, these are difficult to get out from between the teeth as they sit. Eating these require extra flossing for sure.
No, the sugar added to many sports drinks isn’t what truly makes it harmful. Rather it’s the acidic components of the drink which can easily erode the tooth enamel if often consumed.
Always wait 30-60 minutes before brushing after drinking acidic beverages such as sports drinks. Also, try looking for sports drinks with little to no added sugar to also aid the problem, or find other means of replenishing your lost electrolytes.
Soda & juice
Both soda and juice contain sugars. Soda is sugary and quite acidic and can erode the enamel overtime. Juice in particular almost always has added sugars, so perhaps try finding a sugar-free version of the beverage.
Coffee is strong, dark, and has the capability of permanently staining the teeth. Also, because coffee is so strong, many additions such as sugar, creamers, and others are added to coffee to better the flavor, things of which are also harmful for the teeth. Either limit consumption, limit added sugar, and/or drink water after consumption of coffee.
Alcohol is very drying. A dry mouth can lead to saliva production problems, which in turn, makes it harder for the mouth to fight cavity-causing oral bacteria. As well as this, alcohol can increase the risk of oral cancers and infections if consumed often.