Hey there viewers! Have you been taking care of your teeth lately? All of us want a beautiful smile. But it isn’t as easy as it seems. You need to take care of your teeth. Today, we will be discussing 11 foods you need to avoid if you want to rock fresh pearly whites. Besides sweets, what else you need to avoid? Pickles? Ice? Bread? What about potato chips? We will be talking all of this AND more…
Every time somebody asks me to stay away from pickles, it breaks my heart. Pickles are awesome. They can turn even the most boring dinner delicious. They are great for your taste buds but sadly, not for your teeth. Pickles damage your tooth enamel.
A study was conducted in which the eating habits of 2000 teenagers were analyzed. Several food and drinks these teenagers had daily were associated with tooth decay. This is just the tip of the iceberg. Pickles were found to be one of the worst foods for human teeth. But why so? It is due to the acids that go into the pickling process.
This is where pickles get their sour and salty taste. When you eat an excessive amount, the acid in them destroys your tooth enamel. Even eating them more than once a day may increase your chances of tooth issues by 85%.
From sandwiches to burgers, bread is a crucial part of our diets. But if you love your teeth, you need to watch your intake. The white flour in your bread leads to starch which is nothing but simple carbs. Fine bread particles find a home in your teeth crevices and cavities. Slowly they will break down into sugar and the bacteria in your mouth will enjoy a feast.
As a result, harmful acids are produced by these bacteria, which cause tooth decay. We are not asking you to avoid bread completely. You can always choose the healthier option of whole-wheat. They contain less sugar and are not very easy to break down.
You knew this, didn’t you? Those childhood visits to the dentists always taught you that candies are bad for your teeth. I guess you didn’t listen. While most candies aren’t great for your health, it’s the sour candy you need to watch out for. It is comprised of various harmful acids. Not just that, they get stuck to your teeth for a longer period. This is why they cause tooth decay so easily.
Craving candies? Have a piece of chocolate that can be chewed easily. Don’t forget to rinse and clean your mouth. You need your pretty smile!
4. Sweet Medicines
Does sweet medicine show many of you tried gummy vitamins? We were all children at one point. It’s quite popular and frequently prescribed for kids. Unfortunately, these meds do more harm to your teeth than good. Even the most unsuspecting cough drops have a lot of sugar. That’s right, gummy vitamins are loaded with sugar. They are very sticky and squishy. These sweet meds easily get stuck in your teeth and lead to cavities.
So how do you avoid them without risking your health? Save your teeth by simply swallowing them. You can also select the less chewable kind for that. And of course, focus on eating well-balanced wholesome foods so you get all your daily nutrients. Both your body and your teeth will thank you in the long run. You can also ask your doctor if the meds you are prescribed will harm your teeth. Many drugs can cause tooth damage.
5. Hard Candies
Ever wondered why your favorite hard candies are named ‘jawbreakers?’ There’s a little more to it. Hard Candies dissolve slowly and saturate your mouth for several minutes at a time. As a result, harmful bacteria get more time to produce acid. And by now, you already know what those acids can do to your teeth.
Do you love flavored candies? Oops, bad news for you! Most flavored candies contain a high amount of citric acid. This can destroy your teeth. You need to avoid ‘Mr. Jawbreaker’ at all costs then. Before we move ahead, here is a video you might like. You need magnesium for your teeth. It helps heal cavities faster.
you might think ice is okay to chew because it’s water. Even dentists advise you to eat cold foods like ice cream after tooth removal. So ice should be close pals with your teeth.
Wrong! Chewing any hard substance, for a long time results in damage to your tooth enamel. Long-term ice chewing will cause various dental problems like cracked, chipped, loosened crowns, and broken teeth. Remember, the ice should be used to chill your beverages. Certainly not for chewing.
7. Potato Chips
Potato chips are a snack for every age and occasion. Whether it’s the night of the big game or movie marathon, some events just aren’t complete without chips. The sound of crunching, spicy chips is music to my ears.
But did you know that potato chips are rich in starch? This same starch gets converted into sugar and is trapped between the teeth. It leads to the growth of bacteria. And you know what this bacteria can do to your teeth. Even your favorite flavors are acidic, which leads to further damage to the teeth.
In short, if you love your beautiful smile, you need to be mindful of how many chips you are eating. If you crave tiny finger snacks, better try other options such as popcorn and dry nuts. Roasted almonds and walnuts are great snacks too. And they are super healthy!
8. Citrus fruits
Surprise! Citrus fruits are known to be rich in vitamins and other nutrients. But when it comes to your teeth, wish I could say the same. Citrus Fruits are juicy. These juices are highly acidic. Among them, Lemon and Grapefruits cause most of the harm.
A 2008 study reveals the extent of damage caused by these two juices to your shiny, white teeth. They damage your tooth enamel badly. Want to safeguard your teeth? Floss them regularly. The tiny, juicy bits tend to get stuck in the cavities and gaps. Still, want to take chances? Go for the lesser evil… orange juice.
This one causes the least harm. No time to make it at home? Look for the one fortified with vitamin Dand tooth-friendly calcium. Never forget to brush and floss though.
9. Dried Fruits
Dried fruits, like cranberries and peaches, are a popular choice when picking up a healthy snack. Be it the diet-conscious person or the picky eater- it’s hard to resist those crunchy, chewy snacks. But there is one thing about dried fruits that makes them not so great. Their ability to stick to our teeth and stay there for a long time!
Like an irritated uninvited guest! Prunes, apricots, and figs are all on this list. This may cause considerable damage to your tooth. So next time, when going to grab a handful, better think of your smile and avoid them. You can thank me later.
They say to never judge a book by its cover. The same goes for crackers. Although crackers are seen as diet snacks, they may not be as healthy as you thought. One rule you can go by is to pick the cracker low in calories and sugar.
Crackers don’t exactly fit the bill here. They convert to sugar very quickly and help to feed cavity-forming bacteria. Having them in moderation with regular flossing habits can ensure good oral hygiene.
By now, you must know that starchy food is bad for your teeth. Any food made from white flour is starchy. This is because white flour is a simple carbohydrate and can stay in your mouth for a longer period.
During this time, it breaks down into simple sugar. Your mouth bacteria will happily feed on these sugars and produce acid. It’s your teeth that have to bear the brunt. Do you eat any of these foods regularly? Let us know in the comments below. We would love to hear from you!