Good oral health depends upon making smart dietary choices. Certain foods and beverages can have an adverse effect on the health of your teeth and gums.
Foods and beverages containing sugar help to create a bacterial film on your teeth called plaque that causes tooth decay. Failing to brush your teeth after eating produces acids that can damage and destroy tooth enamel. Plaque also contributes to irritated, red and sensitive gums, a leading cause of tooth and bone loss in adults.
It’s important to consume the following foods in moderation and ensure that you brush and rinse your teeth after eating to avoid oral health problems.
- Refined carbohydrates in such foods as pasta, bread, crackers and chips.
- Chewy and sticky foods that include syrups, honey and caramel that inhibit saliva from naturally washing away food debris from teeth.
- Sugary snacks containing high levels of sugar.
- Candy and gum that coat teeth with sugar, making a ripe environment for decay.
- Carbonated soft drinks containing sugar, phosphorous and carbonation that destroy tooth enamel.
- Fruit and vegetables juices that bathe the teeth in decay-causing sugars.
- Sports beverages with high pH levels similar to carbonated soft drinks that erode dental enamel.
- Acidic foods and beverages that contain phosphoric, citric, malic, lactic, and tartaric acids, including soft drinks, fermented products, wine and lemons.