No surprise here – your diet could have a positive or negative effect on the health of your teeth and gums. If you’re glancing down the list and gasping, rejoice – you do not have to eliminate your favourite foods completely. Just make sure that you brush your teeth after eating them. Immediately, if possible.
Yes, despite its association with health and happy white teeth, dried fruit can actually be bad for them. It can very easily stick to your teeth, and it is loaded with sugar. If you do not brush your teeth after eating dried fruit, then the sugar may stay on your teeth for hours. This can feed bacteria, which can lead to tooth decay.
Sodas are not only filled with sugar, they are also very acidic. Acidic foods and beverages can erode your enamel. Keep in mind that sugar-free sodas are not any better because they are still very acidic.
Candy is one of the worst foods for your teeth because it is very high in sugar. Hard candy is even worse because it can very easily get stuck to your teeth.
Citrus fruits are an important part of a well-balanced diet because they are high in vitamin C. However, they are also very acidic, so that healthy orange juice could lead to tooth decay if you don’t brush after eating it.
Some studies suggest that coffee may protect against cavities, but it can also stain your teeth. You can prevent stains from accumulating on your teeth by brushing immediately after.
Many people replace coffee with tea because they think that tea cannot stain their teeth, but all teas can stain your teeth, and black tea can stain your teeth more than coffee.
Red wine is great for your heart (when it is consumed in moderation), but the tannins found in wine can stain your teeth.
Crackers contain refined carbohydrates, and refined carbohydrates can cause tooth decay and lead to inflammation. Studies have shown that inflammation is the cause of many health problems, including gum disease.
Fruit juices are just as bad for your teeth as sodas. In fact, some studies suggest that fruit juices may be worse, because they are high in sugar and acid.
Vinegar is found in several foods, including pickles, potato chips and salad dressings. A study that compared teenagers who consumed vinegar-rich foods to teens who did not showed that the teens who ate vinegar-rich foods were 30 to 85 percent more likely to develop tooth decay.
Aesthetics aside, you should take care of your oral hygiene regularly by visiting a dentist. AXA PPP Healthcare and other UK-based health insurance providers offer many types of dental plans suitable for everyone. And since teeth are quite useful, you might want to think about how you treat them and look after them.