Worst Foods for the Teeth: Consult a Dentist to Reverse the Damage

Worst Foods for the Teeth: Consult a Dentist to Reverse the Damage

Because teeth get directly in contact with food, it only follows that food has the greatest impact on their health. Some food are more harmful than others, though. Read on to know more about the types of food that will most likely make you need the help of a dentist.

Citrus Fruits

These fruits are highly acidic – their name comes from citric acid, after all. Acids are natural enemies of the teeth as they erode the tooth enamel over time. The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) published a study on the effects of different citrus fruit juices on human teeth. It found that lemon and grapefruit juice have the strongest erosion effects. Orange juice, however, is less acidic and many store-bought variants are fortified with Vitamin D and calcium, nutrients good for the teeth. You shouldn’t shun away citrus fruits completely as they are good for the body. Just remember to take care of your teeth after consuming them.

Sodas

Not surprising, is it? A common misconception is that the high sugar content that makes them bad for teeth so “sugar-free” variants should be okay. Like the previous item, though, it’s the acids you have to worry about. Even “sugar-free” sodas have citric and phosphoric acids that erode enamel.

Pickles

The pickling process involves vinegar, which contains acetic acid. Thus, pickles can harm the enamel if you eat them too often. If you consume pickles only occasionally, that should be fine.

Coffee

Wilkes-Barre, PA has the 4th largest downtown workforce in the state. To get through the day, many working people rely on coffee. This drink is notorious for teeth stains and was even found to cause more persistent stains than smoking. Moreover, Health.com stated that heavy coffee stains tend to make teeth sticky. Thus, food debris sticks longer leading to a higher chance of tooth decay.

Chewy Candies

In addition to being high in sugar, chewy candies are sticky. They are harder to remove from the teeth and the sugar deposits stay for a long time, catalyzing the reaction that creates acid. Besides, sour varieties even carry their own acids.

If these or other foods with similar characteristics have been a frequent part of your diet, you need to take steps to reverse the damage. If you’re already experiencing tooth decay, you might need crowns. Consult with a dentist to know what exactly to do. You can contact dental offices that serve the Wilkes-Barre area, such as Back Mountain Dental, for more information.

Sources:

Topographic and radiographic profile assessment of dental erosion. Part II: effect of citrus fruit juices on human dentition., NCBI

Best and Worst Foods for Your Teeth, Health.com

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