No matter your age, the foods and drinks you eat can have a negative impact on your smile. Even though foods and drinks that contain sugar are often linked to a variety of oral health dangers, they are not the only hazards you need to avoid. Be sure to exercise caution with everything you eat and drink, and take the necessary steps to ensure your diet remains healthy for your gut and your smile.
Sour sweets and treats are some of the greatest offenders when it comes to acidic content. They are so acidic that with some products, the pH level can be as acidic as car battery acid! Even foods we think of as healthy, including citrus fruits and tomatoes, can contain copious amounts of acidic ingredients. To minimize the effects that acids can have on your tooth enamel, always eat acidic foods with big meals so the effects of the acids can be somewhat neutralized.
Numerous types of foods and snacks can also put your mouth at risk of physical damage. Hard candies and tough to chew foods such as popcorn balls can easily chip and crack your teeth. Use caution when eating these products, or if you can, avoid them all together. Also, be aware of chewy foods that can stick to your teeth easier and be much harder to remove. When food residue lingers in your mouth, plaque buildup and tooth erosion can occur.
No matter which oral health care treatment you desire, Dr. Elliot Neuman and our team at Bluegrass Periodontics will make sure that your smile is properly treated. To schedule an oral exam or professional cleaning at our dentist office in Lexington, Kentucky, please contact us at 859-252-7726. We will do our best to help you in any way we can!