5 Snacks That Can Wreck Your Teeth and Should Be Avoided
Food is necessary to sustain life through the use of proper nutrients. Snacks are smaller meals that keep our energies going during the day.
I inform my patients that anything other than water can have potential to damage your teeth. Many are surprised for eating fruits, vegetables, and breads are considered a healthy choice. However, healthy choices for your body are not necessarily to best choices for your mouth. For an example, as the adage goes…”An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” With the addition of…”But keeps the dentist close by…” Apples have acids that can severely damage your front teeth.
Here is a list of foods to be aware of:
Vegetables. Vegetables may have the same potential as fruits to start ruining your teeth in seven minutes.
Beverages. Any beverage other than water has the potential to destroy your mouth over time. The acids can begin to dissolve the margins of dental work such as crowns, onlays, bridges, and fillings. Carbonated beverages, juices, coffee and teas all have the sneaky potential to damage your mouth. Repeated sips of drinks can destroy your mouth quickly. The beverages can leak around dental work, teeth, gum tissues (gingival) and bones and cause serious damage.
Candy. Candy has one of the highest potentials to cause permanent damage to your teeth. I have my children get their toothbrush out, prior to eating the candy. They understand the power of understanding the 7-Minute window. Repeated candy chewing without cleanings, can lead to a disaster.
Carbohydrate snacks. We all enjoy a “carb” snack at the end of the day such a breads or crackers. The carbs can feed dangerous bacteria that secrete acids. These acids can permanently dissolve your teeth, requiring restorative dental procedures such as fillings, inlays, crowns, fixed bridges, extractions or dental implants.
Please understand that eating these snacks can easily begin permanent destruction of your mouth. While nutrition of the body trumps damage to the mouth, both can coexist. Just remember to get to a toothbrush with toothpaste within seven minutes to avert disaster. If you cannot brush within seven minutes, the next best plan is to rinse the acids from your mouth with water (within 7 minutes). I eat all of the foods listed above. I also remember to follow the 7-Minute Window. With this new knowledge, the choice is yours…choosing health or choosing the disease.
All the best in oral health….
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