Most people are aware that sugary foods, soft drinks and candy promote tooth decay and increase the risk of developing gum disease. There are also some foods that might appear at first glance to be a part of a healthy diet which can also have a negative effect on your oral health.
Acidic foods, like tomatoes and citrus fruit can have cause microscopic erosion on tooth enamel. You can still eat these foods in moderation and try not to eat them alone.
Dried fruits such as raisins, craisins and prunes might be nutritionally healthy, but they can adhere to contours in your teeth and near the gum line.
Ideally, you should seek out fresh fruits and low acid vegetables as alternative snacks alternatives. It’s also a good idea to limiting your between-meal snacking. Try to drink water, instead of soft drinks or sweetened beverages.
Drink alcohol in moderation, and be sure to follow up by drinking some water afterward. Alcohol can easily lead to dehydration and dry mouth, which promotes tooth decay.
If you’d like to learn more about foods that can affect your oral health, please call our office at 714-730-7877 to schedule an appointment. We’ll look forward to seeing you again.