4 foods that can damage your tooth enamel
When eating those sticky candies or guzzling down mug after delicious mug of your favorite caffeinated beverage, do you ever think how these goodies might be affecting your teeth? You are not alone in this, but it is something well-worth considering if you want to take care of your tooth enamel so it can continue to protect your teeth.
What is tooth enamel?
Tooth enamel is, in simple terms, the outermost shield your body produces during tooth development to cover and protect the other layers of your teeth. This is why you can usually drink cold or hot beverages, eat ice cream and sip hot soup without feeling any pain in your teeth.
What foods can damage tooth enamel?
There are many food items that can damage your tooth enamel and lead to other oral health problems, including tooth decay and gum disease. Here are some of the worst offenders that should be avoided whenever possible:
- Sticky candies, including toffees, caramel and gummy sweets
- Biting into hard candy or ice, which can crack or chip your enamel
- Acidic foods, like wine, fruit smoothies, sodas and yogurt that will erode your tooth enamel
- A diet high in starch and sugars
Protect your tooth enamel
It is difficult to go through life without enjoying those pleasant-tasting foods that tempt our tastebuds. Unfortunately, they also leave behind a layer of film that silently attacks our tooth enamel as soon as it interacts with the other natural bacteria in our mouth. This brings us back to the original question of how you can protect your tooth enamel.
Avoiding these food items is still the ideal method, but in addition to that, committing to a proper routine of good oral care is your best bet. This includes:
- Rinsing your mouth out with water after consuming any of these foods.
- Gently brushing your teeth with a soft to medium-bristled toothbrush twice per day.
- Following every brushing with flossing. If you are not sure how to do this properly, ask your dental hygienist to show you.
- Get routine dental check-ups so you and your dentist can catch the little problems before they become big, expensive ones.
Keeping your teeth, and your tooth enamel, in tip-top shape is important for good oral and general health. If you would like to learn more about what you can to do protect your teeth, please come in for a complimentary consultation.