We all want the perfect smile. A healthy set of teeth and gums can help to ensure we look and feel our best.

Luckily, it’s now easier than ever to rectify dental problems and imperfections. If you think your teeth are in need of treatment, you can book an appointment at a specialist clinic like the City Centre Dental Practice. However, there are things you can do yourself to help keep your gnashers in good nick. As well as brushing twice daily, using floss and attending regular dental checkups, it’s important to be think carefully about the foods you put in your mouth. Here are five of the worst offenders when it comes to tooth decay.

Smiling Face

Happy teeth!

 

1) Sugary Sweets

Everyone knows that sugary and sticky sweets are bad for oral health. Acid is a tooth’s worst enemy and oral bacteria feed on sugar and convert it into acid. The worst sweets are those that stick to teeth, like lollies, caramels and jellies. It can take a long time for saliva to wash the sugar from these products away, giving bacteria plenty of time to feast on it.

Are jelly beans your weakness?

Are jelly beans your weakness?

If you can’t resist the occasional sweet treat, try to have it after a meal as a dessert rather than snacking on sugary goods throughout the day.
2) Fizzy Drinks

It will also come as no surprise that sweet carbonated drinks are bad for your teeth. It’s not only the high levels of sugar in these beverages that are problematic. Fizzy drinks can also contain phosphoric and citric acids. Along with the carbonation, these substances can wear away tooth enamel.

Say goodbye to your tooth enamel...

Say goodbye to your tooth enamel…

3) Fruit Juice

When you pour yourself a glass of vitamin-rich, nutritious fruit juice, you no doubt feel like you’re doing your body good. Indeed, these drinks are healthy overall. However, it’s important to bear in mind that the beverages are packed with natural sugars and they can also be acidic.

fruit juice drink - teeth

Deceptively healthy – full of vitamins but also acidity which can harm your teeth

4) Starchy Goods

While everyone is aware of the risks associated with sugar-rich products, the dental dangers of starchy, refined carbs are less well known. It may come as a surprise to you, but foods like chips, pasta, crackers and bread can be very harmful to teeth.

White bread - contains sugars

White bread – contains sugars

Starches made from white flour are known as simple carbohydrates and they break down into sugars in the mouth. They are also prone to getting stuck between teeth, meaning they can linger for a long time. This is all good news for bacteria, but less so for your pearly whites.
5) Acidic Foods

Any foods that are high in acid cause dental damage. For example, citrus fruits such as lemons, grapefruits and oranges can wear away enamel. The acid in products like pickles can also harm teeth.

Acid vs Alkaline Foods

Eat your greens basically!

By being aware of the damage that particular foods can do to your oral health, you stand a better chance of protecting your teeth.

 

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I've worked as an Occupational Therapist for many years dealing with physical and mental health patients, both in hospitals and the community. Living a healthy, well balanced life with a good diet, regular exercise and a taking a positive outlook are crucial to becoming a very well being indeed - sometimes easier said than done!

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