There are many foods that will keep your teeth healthy and strong, but did you know that there are just as many foods that will cause dental problems as well? Your Orem dentist wants to make sure that you have a healthy mouth, so here are some foods that you should stay away from if you want to maintain good oral health. Some of the foods may surprise you.
Don’t let the list of all of the benefits of a chewable vitamin fool you. They are packed with sugar so they can actually cause damage to your teeth. Vitamin C is especially bad for teeth because the vitamin has a citric base that tends to cling to teeth for long periods of time.
You probably see vitamin water lining shelves as well, but did you know that one vitamin water has as much sugar as a single candy bar? Vitamin water is a worse choice than candy because people usually sip vitamin water throughout the day, so it serves as a constant sugar-bath for teeth.
A study was recently published that took the teeth of a person that had been addicted to cocaine and compared them to a person that drinks two large diet sodas per day. The results showed that there was no difference between the oral health of someone addicted to illegal drugs and a person that drinks a lot of diet soda.
Any carbonated beverage is bad for teeth, but diet soda seems to break down tooth enamel more than any other beverage. It is best to stick with water. It pushes food particles away from teeth and helps your body create more saliva.
While fresh fruits like grapes or plums are excellent choices for good oral health, their dried counterparts can wreak havoc on teeth. Fruit is already very sweet when fresh and taking the water out of fruit will actually concentrate the sugars. These highly acidic sugars stick to your teeth more than caramels or other sticky candy. Your best bet is to eat fresh foods.
When it comes to eating, it seems like there is no middle ground. The food is either good for your mouth, or it will cause cavities. If you have any questions about which foods you should remove from your diet, contact your Orem dentist so you can enjoy a healthy mouth for years to come.
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