Will the things you eat or drink damage your teeth?
We all love a good snack every now and then. However, you should keep in mind that some of your favorite foods and drinks may be causing harm to your dental health.
The following is a list from mouthhealthy.org of nine popular foods that may be harming your teeth:
- Ice: Ice itself does not damage your teeth, after all it is just frozen water. However, when you start to chew on ice it can become dangerous to your teeth. Because of how hard ice is it can very easily damage the enamel of your teeth.
- Hard Candies: Like ice, because of how hard these candies can be it can cause you to wear down your tooth enamel or even crack one of your teeth.
- Chewy Foods: Due to their nature, foods like gummies stay on your teeth for a longer period of time than other types of food. Due to the increased time on your teeth they may put you at greater risk for cavities.
- Crunchy Foods: Foods that are crunchy and break into tiny pieces as we eat them, like potato chips, may cause you some trouble. The reason for this is the tiny pieces of food that can get left behind and trapped on your teeth.
- Citric Foods: Citric foods tend to be high in acid. These foods include fruits, juices, and more. The acid in these foods can wear down enamel and leave your teeth vulnerable.
- Alcohol Consumption: Consuming too much alcohol can lead to dehydration and dry mouth. While suffering from dry mouth you are more likely to suffer from cavities and gum disease.
- Coffee: Similar to alcohol, the caffeine in coffee may dehydrate you and cause dry mouth. However, the sweeteners in your coffee put you even more at risk for cavities.
- Soda: Consuming soda put a ton of sugar and acid into your mouth. This is a bad combination because acid wears down your enamel and sugar will cause cavities to occur.
- Sports Drinks: While you are exercising, certain sports beverages can replace important antioxidants, vitamins, and other things. However, these drinks contain a lot of sugar that can cause bad oral health issues.