3 Surprising Foods that Are Actually Bad for Your Teeth
Posted on 3/22/2021 by Office - Boone DMD
When it comes to foods that are bad for your teeth, there are the obvious ones, such as sugar, candies, sodas, etc. However, a few foods out there might seem healthy but are actually quite harmful for your teeth.
Here are three surprising foods that are actually bad for your teeth.
In moderate amounts, citrus fruits can be incredibly beneficial for your teeth as well as your body. They contain various vitamins and antioxidants that help boost immunity. However, in excessive amounts, citrus fruits can also be quite harmful for your teeth. Their acidic content can cause enamel erosion and since the enamel doesn't grow back, it can be quite dangerous.
Therefore, you don't need to cut out your lemons and grapefruits entirely. Simply eat them in a balanced manner and drink plain water afterwards to rinse wash away the acidic juices. Also, avoid brushing your teeth immediately after consuming citrus fruits.
Almonds are the best kind of nuts out there. They have loads of vitamin E and healthy fats. However, they can also be incredibly hard. Therefore, biting down on them can put excessive pressure on the teeth and even lead to fractures.
Therefore, avoid eating whole or dry almonds. Instead, consider eating sliced almonds to make it easier to break down and chew. You can also soak the almonds in water to get rid of the tannins and make them softer to chew.
Dried fruits are another favorite when it comes to evening snacks or something to munch on during the day. However, the process of drying the fruits out can make them bad for your teeth. Since all the water is sucked out, the fruit is left with a highly concentrated amount of sugar.
This is naturally quite bad for your teeth and can be sticky as well. Therefore, after eating any dried fruits, make sure to drink plain water to wash away those sugar traces and brush your teeth to properly eliminate any food particles.
Reach out to Dr. Margaret Boone at Boones Landing Dental Center to learn more about what ingredients harm your teeth and get your teeth checked for any damage right away.
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