Oral health depends on many factors, including genetics, age, gender, oral hygiene, diet, smoking, and disease. Diet is an important part of your oral health. For instance, sugary foods, such as candy and soda, increase your risk of cavities. Sugar combines with the bacteria in your mouth, then produces an acid that wears away at your tooth enamel and causes decay. Here is a list of foods and beverages that can harm our oral health:
Sugary foods aren't just bad for your teeth; they're bad for your health, too. Our mouth is full of bacteria, and when we eat sugary foods, those bacteria feed on the sugars and multiply, causing plaque and tooth decay.
Sticky foods cling to the teeth. While they are delicious and can be a great way to satisfy a sweet tooth, they should be avoided because they encourage tooth decay. Sticky foods can stick in the grooves of the teeth and are hard to remove. The plaque that forms on the teeth as a result of sticky foods can harden if it isn't removed promptly. This can lead to the formation of tartar, which can only be removed by a dental professional. Sticky foods such as caramel, pecan pie, and gummy candies can get stuck between teeth, encouraging bacterial growth. Sticky foods should be avoided altogether, if possible.
Acidic foods can be damaging to your oral health. They wear down your enamel, making your teeth more susceptible to decay and cavities. You don't have to avoid them completely but limit your consumption.
Hard foods, such as candy, popcorn kernels, and pretzels, can crack, chip, or even break your teeth. These foods can also cause your teeth' enamel to wear down. When enamel wears down, it exposes the underlying dentin, making teeth more vulnerable to decay. Frequent consumption of hard foods puts your teeth at risk of breaking.
Candy is one of the biggest culprits when it comes to tooth decay. When eaten, it sticks to the teeth, and the sugar in it feeds the bacteria in the mouth, increasing plaque and causing tooth decay.
While sports drinks may seem refreshing, they also contain a high dose of sugar. And the sugar in these types of drinks can lead to tooth decay. Sports drinks also contain acid, which can cause tooth enamel to erode. Even sports drinks without sugar can still contain acid. Acid can also lead to enamel erosion and cavities.
Alcohol is extremely damaging to teeth. Not only does it reduce saliva production, which leads to dry mouth, but it also contains sugar. When that sugar sits on the teeth, it combines with the bacteria and plaque in the mouth to start the decay process.
Coffee and tea are staples in many people's diets. They rarely do any harm to your dental health, so you're safe to drink them, but it's better to avoid them altogether. Both beverages stain teeth, and coffee and tea both contain caffeine, which dries out your mouth.
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