5 Foods That Harm Your Teeth

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The holidays are a time for parties and family get-togethers, and neither of those would be complete without food. But did you know that what you eat can affect the way your teeth look, feel, and function?

Partnering with the experts at Stonecreek Dental Care in Central Ohio — as well as carefully considering the foods you eat — can help prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental disasters.

You know what else keeps your teeth healthy? Regular dental checkups and professional cleanings. If you’re hoping to prioritize your dental health in 2018, give us a call at one of our offices across the region.

In the meantime, take a look at these five foods that may be unwittingly sabotaging your smile, as well as ways we can help you.

1. Sugary Snacks

You’ve probably heard time and again that sugary foods can cause cavities. But do you know why that is? Plaque-causing bacteria love sugary particles that linger in the grooves and crevices of your teeth. When this food debris isn’t sufficiently cleaned with brushing or flossing, it’s like a little buffet for all sorts of nasty bacteria. The bacteria consume the sugars, and they release a weak acidic substance.

That weak acid wears away at your enamel, the strong outer layer of your teeth that protects them from cavities. This is how tooth decay and cavities happen!

Luckily, it’s pretty easy to prevent tooth decay these days. First, make sure you’re practicing good oral hygiene habits at home.

It’s recommended that you brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time using a soft-bristle toothbrush. You should also floss once a day to clean the spaces between your teeth.

But brushing and flossing alone aren’t enough! Your best bet for preventing tooth decay is to partner with a highly skilled team of dental professionals, like the one you’ll find at Stonecreek Dental Care! Make sure to schedule a routine checkup and cleaning every six months.

2. Citrus

Lemons, limes, and oranges provide a great boost of vitamin C during the cold and flu season, but their acidic nature can actually weaken your enamel! This leaves you susceptible to tooth decay.

Drinking plenty of water (without the lemon wedge) and rinsing your mouth often can help protect the enamel of your teeth, as can fluoride treatments. Plus, you can also eat foods that are rich in calcium, like milk, cheese, and yogurt. These foods help protect and strengthen enamel!

If you love citrus, we can help you find a way to enjoy your favorite fruits while still maintaining a healthy smile.

3. Ice

Believe it or not, ice is better for keeping your drink nice and cold than it is for snacking. That’s because chewing on ice can be a dental disaster waiting to happen. Kids and adults alike can break, chip, or otherwise damage their teeth by chewing on ice.

So, what can be done if you’ve broken a tooth? At Stonecreek Dental Care, we can restore the health and appearance of damaged or missing teeth with the help of dental crowns and bridges.

A dental crown is a single-tooth prosthetic, made to look like a healthy version of your tooth. It acts as a “cap” for the damaged tooth, completely concealing the damage and also giving it a bit of extra strength and support. We use high-quality porcelain and gold for our dental restorations to ensure that they’re durable and will last years with proper care!

4. Pop (Or Soda, If You Prefer)

Whatever you prefer to call sweetened carbonated beverages, they’re basically a sugary assault on your teeth! The same is true for energy drinks and sports drinks.

Our best advice? Enjoy these drinks in moderation. And when you do drink them, make sure to rinse your mouth out with water afterward or even drink water alongside your carbonated beverage.

Either way, you should also brush your teeth after you’re finished to prevent sugar particles from lingering on your teeth.

5. Coffee And Tea

As warm and comforting as they might be, these beverages can cause tooth discoloration. If your smile has dulled or yellowed over the years, coffee and/or tea might be to blame.

Before you reach for over-the-counter teeth whitening treatments, be sure to consult with a dental professional since these products can cause tooth sensitivity.

A trained professional can also help you determine whether a bleaching treatment would be effective at removing stains before you go and spend the money on it.

Let’s Work Together Toward Improved Dental Health

A healthy diet is only one component of a healthy mouth! When it comes to preventative dental care in Central Ohio, trust the experts at Stonecreek Dental Care. Our compassionate team wants to help you have the healthiest and most beautiful smile possible!

Give us a call today at any of our locations. You can also request an appointment by filling out our convenient online form.

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