Foods That Can Harm Your Gum Health

Posted by Winning Smiles Family Dentistry on Mar 17 2022, 02:50 AM

It's incredible how we list all the healthy food in your grocery because you are picky about what you eat. “Oh, Is this organic or gluten-free? How much fat does it contain? Has carbs?” Why don’t we ever do the same for our teeth?

Even though there are some really good foods that help promote healthy teeth and gums, there are others we are unaware of that do the opposite.

Here are some of the foods you need to stay away from if you’re looking for healthier gums and teeth.

Carbonated Drinks, Fruit Juices or Sweetened Beverages

Now we all occasionally enjoy a drink or two sweetened drinks. Can't resist Starbucks or need a soda after a meal. Most sweetened beverages are acidic and are loaded with sugar that can wear out the teeth with time. It mainly causes plaque that can make enamel rotting acids, erosion, and corrode enamel.

Candies, Toffees, and Sugar

Any kind of sugar has a similar effect on the teeth as soft drinks do: The sugar converts into acids with the help of bacteria and thrives in our mouth, leading to cavities and other gum diseases.

Baked Goods, Sugary Treats, White Bread, Refined Starchy Food, and Cereals

It's common for many of us to start our day with granola, a toast, or a bowl of sugary cereal.

Even though they are advertised as good healthy breakfast choices, they lack nutrients. These processed food options are a nightmare for those who are concerned about their dental health as they include sugar. Refined starchy foods like white bread, bagels, noodles that contain added sugar, and the overconsumption of these goods can lead to cavities and poor oral health.

Alcohol and Alcoholic Beverages

Alcohol contains highly acidic ingredients, resulting in oral disorders like dry mouth, increased acidity in the mouth, and a change in oral bacteria. This can lead to poor oral health.

Sticky and Hard Foods

Hard food and sticky food like caramel candies can increase the likelihood of tooth chipping and pulling out of teeth. During dental appointments, the dentist often recommends not to give toffees or any kind of hard candies as it can result in dental erosion and increase the chance of pulling out a filling.

Have you figured out what exactly to include in your diet? If you’re looking for answers, you can visit Winning Smiles Family Dentistry at 7801 Old Branch Ave #206, Clinton, MD 20735, or by calling us at (301)-868-2004 for appointments.

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