Foods that Damage Tooth Enamel

Trying to choose the best thing to eat can be tricky and a little overwhelming at times. No matter what you decide to put in your cart at the grocery store there always seems to be a cautionary tale lurking nearby. Now rest easy, majority of the time if you stick with what you know to be raw and good and in moderation then you’ll be fine. We know that the level of your health can be found in the food you purchase. Just like there are certain things you should avoid to protect your health, there are foods you should avoid in order to protect your tooth enamel as well.

First thing to steer clear of is sticky foods. These include and are not limited to dried fruit, trail mix or sticky candies. These are bad for your tooth enamel because they stay on your teeth longer than other types of food. That doesn’t mean you need to completely erase them from your diet, but just be aware and try to rinse your mouth with water afterward or brush carefully.

The one answer we have all been dreading. Soda, as well as other sugary drinks, can very easily damage your tooth enamel and leave your teeth unprotected. If you are constantly throwing back a sugary drink with your friends; be careful. That sugar mixes with your oral bacteria to produce acids that attack your enamel specifically. If you do like to drink a lot of sodas then try to drink a glass of water alongside it. This will help balance the acid in your mouth and protect your tooth enamel.

Here’s a tricky one, ice. Our tooth enamel is incredibly strong and our teeth can bite through just about anything but chewing ice may be a form of tooth kryptonite. When you chew on a hard substance like ice it can damage your enamel and ultimately lead to your teeth becoming chipped, cracked or broken.

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