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Teeth Wreckers – Avoid the Onslaught!

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Teeth Wreckers – Avoid the Onslaught!

The American Dental Association recently released their top 9 pick of foods to avoid to protect your teeth from damage and to promote healthy teeth.  Learn about your healthy teeth options, the foods to avoid, and what you can do to keep your teeth enamel strong, and your smile bright.  Steps you take now to preserve the integrity of your teeth and promote healthy teeth will pay you big dividends down the road. Prevention is the best way to avoid serious teeth issues and problems.

ADA’s Top Foods to Avoid

Wondering what foods are most likely to sabotage your healthy teeth goals? Well, here they are:

  • Hard Candies: Can cause chips and breaks, are full of sugar that can eat away at tooth enamel.
  • Ice: damages enamel when chewed.
  • Citrus:  The high acidic content of citrus foods and drinks can eat away at the enamel of your teeth. Citrus foods also irritate mouth sores.
  • Coffee: Stains teeth and also promotes dry mouth. Dry mouth is linked to tooth decay because of the decrease in saliva which is necessary to help removed food particles from your teeth enamel.
  • Sticky foods (especially fruits/dried fruits): stick to your teeth, eating away at the tooth enamel longer than other foods.
  • Crunchy foods (chips, nuts): crunchy foods are more likely to cause chips and breaks requiring emergency dental care. Crunchy foods are also more prone to get caught between your teeth.
  • Soda: full of sugar which promotes cavities and tooth decay. Caffeinated sugars also promote dry mouth.  
  • Alcohol: linked to dry mouth and mouth cancer
  • Sports Drinks: high sugar content makes them hazardous to your health.

 

How to Support Your Healthy Teeth Goals

If you are prone to eating a food (or foods) from the list above, try and substitute other food forms or eating habits instead for  healthy teeth.  Ways you can help avoid some of the issues related to the foods above include incorporating oral care best practices. Combat the effects of sugar, staining, and sticky foods by:

Drinking More Water

Drink water after you eat foods that are high in starch, sugar, or that put your teeth at risk for staining. Water helps to remove the food particles/sugars from your teeth. Water is also a better choice than sports drinks, sodas and fruit juices.  Water can help cleanse your mouth from tooth-enamel dangers if you are unable to brush directly after you eat.

Brushing Your Teeth

It’s no secret that one of the best ways to safeguard the health and strength of your tooth enamel is to brush your teeth after eating,snacking or consuming a sugary drink. Have a portable toothbrush on hand for when you are away from home.  Limit snacking by striving to have more substantial, satisfying meals.

Flossing Regularly

Sticky foods will adhere to your teeth and feast on the surface of your teeth until removed by brushing or flossing. Floss is easy to carry with you and should be used with foods that are crunchy and easily trapped in between teeth. Flossing can help you save your teeth from cavities that are in hard to reach areas.

Using Mouthwash

The American Dental Association supports the use of mouthwash.  About 31 percent of American adults use mouthwash, but many more probably should and don’t.  So, how do you know if you need to use it?  Mouthwash has the great ability of reaching in between spaces in the mouth that toothbrushes or floss can’t reach or may have missed.  Using mouthwash following a regular brushing and flossing routine can help safeguard your teeth health. Not all mouthwashes are the same so consult with us before you begin using one.  Some have a high alcohol content and can damage your teeth enamel if not used appropriately or if applied with too much frequency.

Examining Your Teeth/Mouth Regularly

Mouths that are healthy have certain characteristics that you can look for. If you see signs your mouth health is declining, don’t wait for your 6-month checkup and cleaning, call our office and make an appointment for an examination.  Choosing to make an examination early can prevent painful diseases and conditions from festering and growing bigger.  Part of practicing good oral hygiene includes taking time to look at your teeth and mouth when you brush. How do they look? Are they white? Yellowing or discolored? Are there any spots on your teeth? If you see changes in the regular appearance of your teeth, this can be a sign you need to make an appointment. Your gums should be pink and should not bleed when you brush or floss.  If your teeth do bleed when you brush or floss it can be a sign you have developed gingivitis which if left untreated can develop into a more serious condition called periodontal disease.  Another sign that you may need some assistance with your mouth health is if you notice persistent bad breath (halitosis).  Bad breath can be an indicator that there are problems present. If you see any sores in your mouth that don’t go away with time, also make an appointment as this can be a sign of oral cancer.

 

Call for a Healthy Teeth Consultation

If you would like to learn more about how you can help improve teeth health habits for a healthier smile (and body) call our office today!  Mountain Aire Dentistry, located in Broomfield, CO is a general and family dentistry practice. We are passionate about helping you and your children achieve and maintain optimal oral health and a beautiful smile! We focus on prevention, tooth preservation, and awareness and make every effort to treat our patients the way we treat members of our own family. We offer comprehensive care for your dental needs in a relaxed and efficient atmosphere.  We look forward to meeting you and your family! Call us today at (303) 731-7755 to make an appointment.