Hopefully throughout our blogs we have made it clear which foods and drinks are bad for your teeth. Acid and sugar contained in foods are bad for your teeth’s enamel and can cause plaque, which are all things that facilitate cavities. But what happens when we think were eating healthy but that healthy food is actually bad for your teeth? Here are some foods that are regarded as healthy but are bad for your teeth.
Usually considered a healthy snack, when it comes to dental health this is not the case. This may seem odd but because of their high natural sugar content and non-soluble cellulose fiber, they are just as bad for your teeth as chewy candy. We recommend to try and eat fresh fruit instead, but not all fruits. I’ll explain.
Yes fruits are healthy for us, they are extremely high in Vitamin-C and a whole wealth of other health benefits. As far as our teeth are concerned though they are loaded with citric acid. Lemons and grapefruit can be among the worst. If you love citric fruits, like me, and have to get your fix, oranges are your friend. They are the least acidic of the group.
This is a common ingredient in salad dressings. The classic salad is often what people think of as diet or healthy food. There have been studies that show prolonged exposure can increase your chance of tooth decay. To combat this make sure to rinse your mouth with water after eating your healthy salad.
This one hits close to home. Common in coffee and black tea, tannic acid is responsible for staining your teeth. It also will dry out your mouth which lowers your saliva. Saliva is your teeth’s extra protection against decay.
I’m not telling you to do anything that I wouldn’t do myself. Therefore giving up coffee is out of the question. Though we should work to minimize the amount of damage that our food and drink can cause our teeth. Brushing after meals and drinking water throughout the day is the best way to make sure you can eat healthy and your teeth are too!
The Progressive Team