There are plenty of foods that people should be avoiding if they want to keep their teeth in good shape said doctors. Mumbai based dental surgeon Jyoti Deshpande said, “Foods that are both sticky and sugary are bad for the teeth. After you eat a sugary snack or meal, the sugar causes the bacteria to release acids that attack tooth’s enamel. When the enamel breaks down, cavities can develop.”
She further advised, “Brushing twice-a-day, floss, mouth rinsing after consumption of food and using a mouthwash is recommended. Also, after every 3 months, change your brush and visit your dentist after every six months.”
Also parents should make sure that their children follow a good oral hygiene informed doctors. Dr Prachi Sharda, a Navi Mumbai based dentist said, “Diet has a great impact on the oral health. Any food that is highly acidic, sticky and starchy or highly refined, is harmful for the oral environment. Carbonated drinks and ice are the enemies of the teeth.”
Doctors list the foods that can damage your teeth:
- Sugary candies: Get stuck between braces and teeth, causing cavities.
- Alcohol: Dries out your mouth. A dry mouth lacks saliva, which we need to keep our teeth healthy.
- Bread: Sticks to the crevices between teeth, causing cavities.
- Carbonated drinks: Enable plaque to produce more acid to attack tooth enamel and it can erode your gum.
- Chewing on hard foodstuffs: Can damage enamel and may lead to chipped, cracked, or broken teeth, or loosened crowns.
- Citrus fruits: The acid content in it can erode the enamel, making teeth more vulnerable to decay.
- Dry fruits: Like apricots and raisins are sticky and they get stuck and cling in the teeth and their crevices.
- Potato chips: Are loaded with starch, which becomes sugar that can get trapped in and between the teeth and feed the bacteria that causes plaque.
Doctors give tips to maintain oral hygiene:
- Brush your teeth, twice-a-day
- Floss regularly
- Use a mouth wash
- After every three months, change your brush
- Rinse your mouth after consuming food
- After every six months, visit your dentist