Most everyone wants that gorgeous smile, but to have that you must have great teeth too! What foods should we avoid to keep out teeth looking and functioning at their best? Well, first of all, let me explain the science of the mouth.
Anything, and I do mean ANYTHING but water that we put in our mouth can be harmful, but some definitely more than others. As we take a bite or a drink of anything besides water, it triggers acidic levels in the mouth. Saliva will neutralize the acid in the mouth within 30 minutes, but each time we take another bite or drink, that time starts over. This means snacking and sipping are real no-nos for the teeth, except for water.
We all know that sugar is bad for the teeth, but this doesn’t just mean the candy and sweets. What else is bad for the teeth?
Grapes are healthy, right? Yes, but as grapes are left to dry the sugar content becomes very concentrated and gummy. This causes the raisins to stick to the teeth with a high sugar content.
Although they may contain fruit, they usually are not much better for our teeth than soda. Juices are both acidic and high sugar content.
We all know regular soda is very high in sugar, but did you know that diet soda is just as bad? This is due again to acidic levels.
Any food item that is highly acidic such as lemons should be used very limited. Definitely skip sucking on the lemons.
If any of the above are consumed, it is best to rinse with water. Contrary to popular belief, you do not want to brush immediately, because you do not want to wear away any enamel that is trying to neutralize. Wait at least 30 minutes before brushing.
Until next time….keep smiling!