It would surprise you to know that certain foods could affect your teeth way more than tobacco would and we’re not even talking about sugary stuff alone.
What would be more shocking is that a lot of the healthy foods you eat fall under this category and it’s important that you make amendments where necessary.
In this article, we’ll show you some of the seemingly healthy foods that are affecting my teeth so that you take caution while eating or sipping these foods. We don’t mean that you should never eat these foods again but we suggest you consult a dentist first before consuming anything.
Seemingly Healthy Foods that Ruin your Teeth
We understand that after a hectic workout session, you want to replenish the water and electrolytes that have gone in sweat and refuel. Taking a sports drink of course does just this but sipping on it is not so healthy for your teeth, especially if you haven’t worked out and you’re turning to the drinks.
Sports drinks have a High acidity, which could lead to dental erosion and a loss of the hardness of your teeth. Plus, a lot of these drinks are packed with sugars which are of course not good for the teeth. Try sipping on a natural sports drink instead.
Coffee does provide a ton of health benefits like its antioxidant content, minerals and vitamins. However, the beverage is highly acidic and lots of people add so much sugar to their drinks. A combination of these could stain the teeth
It’s therefore important that you drink water while taking your coffee so as to help minimize damages.
It is popularly believee that the Britons have bad teeth. One of the theories is that it could be as a result of their constant consumption of black tea.
An European study took this seriously and tried to identify the differences in staining between coffee, red wine, tea and cola.
Surprisingly, the study found no significant difference in teeth exposed to coffee (Starbucks lovers, you can exhale now) but found tea to be a main offender when it comes to discoloration.
We can’t deny that tea has some amazing health benefits like its antioxidant properties, fat burning properties and the reduced risk of several diseases.
Herbal tea can, however, take its toll on your teeth. One study compared groups of teeth exposed to water, herbal tea or black tea. It was observed that the ones exposed to teas had a loss of tooth enamel. Herbal and black teas led to erosion but surface loss was a lot worse in teeth exposed to herbal tea.
We don’t suggest that you stop taking tea altogether as it does have amazing health qualities, we only think you should speak with your dentist if you have a few concerns.
The most commonly cited cause of tooth erosion is dietary acid, and citrus fruits are the top culprit: They’re as low on the pH scale as it gets for foods. A study printed in the journal General Dentistry examined the effect of citrus-fruit juice on oral health over a 20-week period. Lemon juice showed the most severe damage to frontal enamel, followed by grapefruit juice, orange juice and lastly (of course), water.
You might like to slice lemons and other citrus fruits into water and sip it all day, but if you’re a fan of spa water, try using a straw to limit acidic contact and to keep your pearly whites strong.
Dried fruit is a double dental disaster, thanks to its sugar content and stickiness. Let’s not even talk about how we eat it – snacking on dried fruit is a really fast way to wreck your teeth, if you don’t incorporate it in a meal.
In a meal, saliva production increases and cleans the teeth of lingering food particles while also protecting your teeth against acid.
Try to eat your dried cranberries in a salad or add some dried apricot to quinoa for a punch of flavour.
And a good rule—both for your teeth and your waist—is to always opt for fresh fruit.
What happens when you mix veggies and vinegar? If you guessed a tooth’s worst nightmare, you’d be right. Pickles are tasty on a sandwich, but the combination of super-acidic vinegar and sugar is a recipe for enamel erosion
According to studies, a glass of red wine once in a while is great for the heart and cholesterol levels. Unfortunately, if you’ve ever had to experience wine teeth, you know that purplish beverage can easily stain your teeth. Red and white wine both contain acids that can wear down the teeth surface. This is why stains are very common.
They might make taste buds happy all summer long, but tomatoes are less beneficial for teeth.
This includes both the sauce and raw form. This is because tomato is quite acidic. It’s much safer to eat tomatoes as part of a meal to get its health benefits without ruining your teeth.
• Avoiding dentures by age 40 doesn’t mean swearing off all dark liquids, sweets, and citrus fruits. Keeping teeth healthy (and making the dentist happy) is all about using techniques that limit damage. Here are a few easy tips:
• Eat acidic or sugary foods or drinks as part of a meal rather than on their own. Pro tip: Though brushing after a meal is generally a good idea, avoid brushing your teeth after consuming acidic foods. Acid softens your enamel, and brushing can speed up tooth wear.
• Limit snacking on acidic or high-sugar foods.
• Use a flouride toothpaste, which can help repair enamel, and reduce the risk of tooth decay and dental erosion.
• Don’t swish acidic drinks or hold them in your mouth—this exposes the teeth to acids for longer than necessary. Better yet, use a straw when drinking coffee, wine, or soda to protect enamel. The bartender might poke fun, but we’ll see who’s laughing at your next dentist appointment.