Tooth decay is a preventable problem that often starts in childhood. Children do not realize the effects that certain foods can have on oral health, and they do not practice consistent hygiene habits, such as daily brushing and flossing. The condition of your mouth has a direct connection to your overall health. The following discusses foods that you should avoid to preserve your teeth.
While hard candies are delicious, they are very bad for your teeth. They are often sucked on for long periods of time, which exposes the teeth to excessive amounts of sugar. The sugar then gets into every crevice in the mouth, which is then fed on by bacteria, creating plaque and acids. The acids damage tooth enamel, leading to cavities and decay. Drinking water and brushing thoroughly after eating hard candies can help rinse the sugar out, slowing the enamel breakdown process. It should be noted that crunching on hard candies can cause your teeth to crack and break, which is painful and expensive to treat.
Soda and other acidic beverages are very bad for your teeth. Most are high in sugar, which can linger on the teeth for several hours after consumption. This is especially problematic if you drink several sodas per day as you are introducing more sugar each time. The acid in soda breaks down the enamel of the teeth, making them more vulnerable to decay. If you want to preserve the health of your teeth, you should stop the sodas and sugary drinks. If this is not possible, brush your teeth after each drink.
Whether it is taffy, caramels or a pastry, sticky foods often contain large amounts of sugar that stay on the teeth after you have eaten them. Sticky foods are an issue because they settle between teeth and are difficult to remove through brushing and even flossing. Once settled, they provide food for bacteria and can accelerate decay. In addition, candy is not the only problem food. Peanut butter and cookies are also culprits when it comes to sticky foods. While it is fine to enjoy snacks in moderation, be mindful of your teeth and brush regularly.
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