6 Things to Avoid Eating & Drinking to Protect Your Teeth
It’s important to go to the dentist every six months for a teeth cleaning and a checkup, but wouldn’t you want to prevent getting more invasive procedures done if you could?
There are a number of things that you should avoid putting in your mouth to lower your chances of needing dental work and to protect your teeth.
Here’s six of them:
(1) Soda (Regular or Diet) – It would be ideal to avoid soda for health reasons in general, but in terms of your teeth, soda contains acid that can weaken your tooth enamel. If you have a craving however, make a conscious effort to drink through a straw, which can help limit contact with your teeth.
(2) Ice – Chewing on ice can easily chip, break, or crack your teeth. If you chew on ice, you also run the risk of damaging existing dental work like veneers and fillings, which can end up hurting your wallet as well. It can also weaken your tooth enamel and increase your sensitivity to hot and cold.
(3) Breath Mints, Lollipops, Cough Drops, and other Hard Candy – Sucking on anything sugary is like surrounding your teeth with sugar. Opt for sugar-free…and don’t bite anything into pieces, as it can have the same effect as ice.
(4) Sports & Energy Drinks – Companies have a way of marketing their sports and energy drinks to seem like the ideal thing to reach for after a workout. Opt for water instead! It’s better for your body and won’t give you cavities. Oh, and there is nothing “nutritious” about vitamin water.
(5) Canned Fruit – Heavy syrup combining with acids. Need I say more? It’s hard to compare the taste and quality to something fresh anyhow! If you don’t have access to fresh, opt for frozen, which is perfect for making smoothies.
(6) Lemons & Lemonade – It’s hard to say no to a glass of fresh lemonade on a sunny day, but you’ll want to limit your intake. The citric acid in lemons can be very harsh on your teeth and erode your enamel. Always use a straw and always be sure to rinse with water so that the acid is not lingering in your mouth longer than it should be.
Be mindful with oranges and grapefruits too…and also if you have a habit of adding lemon directly to your water.
It’s important to note that you should not brush your teeth within 30 minutes after drinking or eating anything acidic. Why? Because acid will soften your tooth enamel, making it even more prone to erosion after brushing.
Dr. Chohan can answer any further questions you may have about things to avoid to help protect your teeth when you book an appointment for a cleaning and checkup or one of these other dental services. Healthy Smiles Family Dentistry proudly serves patients from Surrey, Delta, White Rock, Langley, and surrounding areas.
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