We already know of the detrimental effects that over-indulgence in candy, soda beverages, and other sweet treats will have on a person’s dental health. But there are a few foods that many people would be surprised to learn can actually harm their teeth as well. In this post, we will take a look at five foods that could be negatively affecting your dental health.
- Almonds: While almonds in general are some of the healthiest food options out there, regularly eating them (the wrong way) can lead to dental problems. Because of the shape of almonds and their hard texture, biting down on them often leads to added stress on your teeth. It isn’t uncommon for people to experience dental fractures because of this super food. So are almonds totally off the table? Of course not! Instead of eating whole almonds, opt for slivered almonds to avoid any wearing away of the teeth.
- Red Wine: In moderation, red wine has been shown to be quite beneficial for cardiovascular health. However, the operative word is moderation. Consuming large amounts of red wine on a daily basis does the teeth no good. While staining is a common problem caused by red wine, that’s not the only thing to worry about. The sugar and acid in wine will also take a toll on dental health. If you drink red wine regularly, strive to rinse your mouth out with water, brush your teeth, or chew gum afterward. If you don’t have any of these things on hand, pairing your wine with cheese is a good way to get rid of red wine residue.
- White Bread: White bread in general is usually the worst option when it comes to keeping yourself in optimum health, not just protecting the health of your teeth. White bread is loaded with sugar and you have probably noticed that white bread turns into a sticky substance once it’s in your mouth. This creates a way for unwelcome bacteria to take root in your mouth and eventually cause cavities. If you can’t give up white bread, try to brush your teeth and floss soon after eating it. And although wheat bread can have a similar effect on teeth that white bread does, it is usually less of a risk because of its coarser consistency.
- Dried Fruit: Although even young children understand that fruit is a substantially healthier snack alternative to sugary desserts and is an overall great health food in general, packaged, dry fruit is usually filled with lots of sugar itself. Like white bread, dried fruit has a sticky consistency that causes bacteria buildup in the mouth that stays there and eventually leads to cavities. If you plan to keep eating commercially produced dried fruit with a high sugar content, make sure you are able to rinse out your mouth with water afterward or even better, brush your teeth.
- Berries: By no means are we suggesting that you should completely ditch your berry consumption considering they are some of the best super foods out there and they are packed with many nutritional elements including antioxidants. However, it is important to recognize that the gorgeous pigmentation in berries can lead to staining of the teeth.
Additionally, the seeds in berries can also be bad for the enamel. After eating berries, plan to gently brush your teeth. Don’t brush too vigorously or too often as your enamel is fragile and is susceptible to wear.
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