Worst Foods For Oral Health

Worst Foods For Oral Health

Posted by Young Kim on Nov 9 2022, 06:19 AM

The foods you eat can affect your oral health. Some foods, like cheese, promote a healthy mouth. Others, like candy, can contribute to tooth decay. Listed below are some of the worst foods for oral health.

  • Sugary beverages

When consumed in excess, sugary drinks can wreak havoc on your teeth. They increase your risk of tooth decay and cavities. It’s also common for teeth to discolor after consuming these beverages. This is caused by the sticky film of bacteria that collects on the teeth and is stimulated by sugar from the drink. Over time, this can cause permanent tooth discoloration. Water is the best choice when drinking any kind of beverage. It can help rinse food particles from your mouth and keep you hydrated throughout the day. Water can also help stimulate saliva production, which benefits oral health by washing away plaque and keeping your smile clean.

  • Acidic foods and beverages

Sodas are especially bad because they contain a high level of acid and sugar. Drinking sodas every day can cause cavities in as little as one month. Sodas can also dry out your mouth and cause you to drink even more soda throughout the day. Even diet sodas aren’t any better, and some studies have even linked them to an increased risk of cancer.

Acidic foods and beverages are also terrible for your oral health. Citrus fruits and juices, like oranges and grapefruits, are highly acidic and can erode your teeth’s enamel. They also leave behind a sticky residue that can trap plaque and bacteria, which will worsen your chances of developing tooth decay. 

  • Tobacco products

Any kind of tobacco product can wreak havoc on oral health, even smokeless variants like chewing tobacco and dip. These products contain over 50 cancer-causing compounds that put you at risk for oral cancer. Additionally, tobacco use makes the teeth and gums more susceptible to gum disease and other infections. Smokers also tend to suffer from bad breath and yellowed teeth due to stained enamel. If you use tobacco products, talk to your dentist about the best methods for quitting.

  • Sticky foods and candy

Although sticky foods such as caramel and fruit snacks look harmless on the surface, they can cause major damage to teeth due to how quickly sugars stick to teeth and gums. The sugar in these types of foods feeds the bacteria that cause bad breath, cavities, gum disease, and other oral health conditions. Stick to healthy snacks like vegetables, fruits, nuts, cheese, plain yogurt, and cooked lean meats.

  • Soft drinks, coffee, and tea

Sodas, energy drinks, teas, and even coffee can stain your teeth over time. The dyes in these products will stick to the surface of your teeth and can be difficult to remove with brushing or flossing. Additionally, these drinks contain acids that can damage the protective enamel on your teeth. When acids wear away at the enamel, it makes it easier for bacteria to stick to the teeth and cause more dental damage. The more of these beverages you consume, the more likely it is that you will experience staining or damage. It is best to limit your consumption of these types of beverages as much as possible. If you do decide to consume them, be sure to rinse your mouth out with water after drinking them and rinse your mouth after you brush your teeth in the morning.

Schedule an appointment with Lincolnway Dental Center to learn more about oral care. Walk into 648 North Randall Road, Aurora, IL 60506. Contact us at (630) 897-1300 or visit our website for more information. 

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