9 Things You Didn't Know Are Bad For Your Teeth

by Edward Parker on 20-10-2016 in Health & Fitness

9 Things You Didn't Know Are Bad For Your Teeth

Your Diet Is an Important Part of Oral Health

This post was written by Dr. Kipel of North Sydney Dental Practice. Dr. Kipel promotes preventative dental care and patient education, and is well versed in all aspects of dentistry including cosmetic and restorative treatment procedures.

Have you ever thought about what type of food is good for your teeth and gums? There are certain products which can actually deteriorate your oral health. Anything with high amounts of sugar can trigger dental problems, such as broken or chipped teeth!

Here we examine 9 foods that can have a negative impact on your teeth, and why you should avoid them:

1. Mineral Water

Any drink containing bubbles has been carbonate. A by-product of this process is carbonic acid. Acid softens our teeth, making them susceptible to damage, especially if we brush straight away.

2. White bread (Starchy, refined carbohydrates)

Bacteria feed on sugars and produce acid that causes cavities. These sugars can be left on your teeth when the starches made from white flour break down in your mouth.

3. Fruit Juice

Fruit juice contains decay causing sugars and wears away the hard enamel surface on your teeth as it is high in acid

4. Lemon 

Similarly to fruit juice, lemon is high in acids which soften teeth. It is best to immediately rinse with water and then wait 30 minutes before brushing teeth after consuming acids.

5. Dried Fruit

The drying process involved releases free sugars making it cariogenic (decay causing). Additionally these high in sugar snacks are sticky and are difficult to remove from the grooves (fissure) in your teeth.

6. Diet Soft Drinks

Diet soft drinks may be low in sugars but, as with mineral water, they are carbonated and contain high levels of acid.

7. Fat-Free Foods

Fat-free foods are often high in decay causing sugars. Next time you’re buying fat-free yoghurt check the Dietary Index to see how much hidden sugar is in there!

8. Sports Drinks

Sports drinks are high in enamel wearing acids, carbonated fizzy drinks

9. Alcohol

Most alcohol is high in acid. Additionally they can cause staining of the teeth. As mentioned in our post about things that cause smelly breath, alcohol can also cause dehydration- the perfect condition for decay!

Go Visit Your Local Dentist for More Information!

North Sydney Dental Practice is your local dentist in North Sydney. A fully accredited and modern dental practice with the aim of providing comfortable patient care and efficient treatment results. Contact their team of dental professionals to make a visit for any dental related issues!

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