There are many foods you can eat to replenish the minerals in your enamel or neutralize acid created by bacteria. However, some foods do the opposite for your teeth, promoting acid or sticking to your teeth long after you’re finished eating. Some of these foods may even be useful to the rest of your body for providing nutrients, but promote decay in your teeth. To protect your oral health, reduce the amount of certain harmful foods that you eat.
Foods and Drinks That Can Harm Your Dental Health
Sugar is bad for your teeth because it feeds bacteria, which then create acid to attack your teeth. Sugary foods, like cookies and cakes, also tend to stick to your teeth for a long time, which means the acid attack will last longer. Candy that you suck on for a long time, such as lollipops or peppermints, generally creates the same problem. If you moderate how much of these foods you consume, you can help prevent tooth decay.
Some foods are good for the rest of your body, but can cause problems for your teeth. For example, some fruits are healthy, but high in acid which attacks your enamel. These fruits, including tomatoes, lemons, and grapefruits, can be eaten with a meal instead of by themselves to neutralize acid. Besides these fruits, raisins and other dried fruit may be nutritious, but tend to stick to your teeth and contribute to bacterial growth. Fresh fruit is usually better.
There are many drinks that promote bacteria and plaque buildup, as well. Sodas contain both sugar and acid in levels dangerous to your teeth, so even drinking sugar-free soda will not protect your mouth. Besides beverages with excessive sugar and acid, some drinks, like coffee and red wine, can cause your teeth to stain. These drinks can be substituted for water and milk, which can inhibit bacterial growth.
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