Top 5 foods to avoid for better teeth
- Citrus fruits and juices
- Foods with dark colors and white wine
- Hard foods (hard candy, crusty bread, etc.)
- Sticky foods, hard candy and soda
1- Consuming high amounts of acidic foods and beverages causes a chemical wear away of enamel which is called “erosion”. Other than citrus fruits and juices, salad dressings and even some types of flavoured water, could have a very low pH level.
Erosion causes the tooth surface to be rough and also causes extreme tooth sensitivity.
Best solution is to avoid eating/drinking acidic foods, drinking water regularly throughout the day, rinsing with water after exposure to acidic foods and using toothpaste that strengthen the enamel. Did you know that eating bread reduces the acidity in the mouth?
If the damage is already done and the enamel surface is harmed the solution would be to have dental veneers.
Dental veneers are thin shells of porcelain that cover the front surface of the teeth. They are permanently cemented on the teeth; therefore they strengthen and protect the teeth and all with a natural beautiful look.
2- Most people know that foods with darker colors like blueberries, blackberries, curry, tea, red wine, can stain the teeth. But did you know that acid containing foods like white wine and soda can stain the teeth as well? They erode the teeth which facilitates the attachment of pigmented molecules to proteins on the tooth surface. This is how stains occur.
Dental bleaching. Be it at the office or with custom-made trays for at-home bleaching, this is the fastest and least expensive way to fix the staining problem. Do not forget that with bleaching products you can remove the yellow shades from the teeth only. More complex cases (for example grey shades) will require more extensive treatment or in some cases it might be better to do dental veneers.
3- Everyone loves the dose of nutrients that comes with a handful of almonds, even with the attached risk of breaking or fracturing a tooth due to biting too hard. Previously repaired teeth and weak teeth (teeth with cavities, extensive fillings or fractures) are at a high risk for breaking when excessive force is exerted on them.
Prevention is the solution! Do not try to crack open pistachios with your teeth or bite down hard on a crusty piece of baguette. If it is too late and you have a broken tooth, a crown might be the solution. It is a full porcelain shell covering the whole tooth to restore the broken tooth to its original shape. These crowns come in different materials most commonly porcelain, gold or metal.
4- Soda, hard candy and sticky food have a lot in common: high sugar content, long lasting acidic effect on the teeth, and very damaging to the tooth surface. The acid dissolves the enamel and the teeth become more prone to cavities. In some cases this causes tooth sensitivity around the gum-line and may cause you to avoid brushing carefully around that area. If the gum is irritated due to lack of proper hygiene then bleeding and inflammation cannot be prevented.
In addition to eliminating these foods from your diet, regular visits to the dentists with periodical cleanings are the solution. If you are at a higher risk of developing cavities, your dentist might recommend a fluoride mouth rinse that will help strengthen your enamel.
5- Despite its lightness, great flavour and total harmless look, popcorn poses as a threat for your dental health. The kernel can be considered as a “hard food” that can potentially break a tooth. However it is the shell that is a far more serious concern. It can be lodged between the gum and the tooth without you even noticing. If it stays in place for a long duration possible consequences include: tooth decay, bone loss or even losing the tooth itself.
Nothing is better that the clean feeling after a dental cleaning. Your dental hygienist will make sure no kernel shell is left behind. Daily flossing is also a key element in keeping all food from getting stuck between the teeth and possible causing damage.