The first advice we give at Advanced Endodontics & Microsurgery of Stamford, PC to anyone seeking healthier gums and teeth is to brush two times per day, floss once daily and get professional teeth-cleaning regularly. The second piece of advice we give is to vigilantly screen the food choices you make. Foods high in sugar and foods hard to chew especially can be damaging to your oral health. Here are a few foods you should watch out for:
Soft breads. Soft breads are especially spongy, and when they get stuck between your pearly whites, the resultant debris can contribute to advance of tooth erosion and periodontal disease. What’s extra, soft breads are especially high in sugar, which converts to tooth-erosive acids when left in your oral cavity for too long.
Sports drinks. Electrolytes! Colored sweat! While these things may make awesome (and even motivational) commercials, sports drinks are actually not good for your dental health. Like sodas, sports drinks contain large amounts of sugars, which can contribute to the stockpiling of plaque on your teeth. Leave sports drinks for athletic performances and opt for water else-wise.
Sticky foods. Sticky foods such as dried fruits and certain candies stick to your pearly whites and are difficult to eliminate even with teeth-brushing. As most tooth decay and gum disease is a result of bacteria feeding on debris wedged in your oral cavity, foods stuck to your pearly whites can be a major problem. Next time you want to have a sticky treat, make sure to wash your oral cavity out with water afterward.
These tips are just the tip of the iceberg. Dr. Allen Rosenthal and the staff at Advanced Endodontics & Microsurgery of Stamford, PC in Stamford, Connecticut, would love to help you learn additional about foods good and bad for your teeth. Give us a call at 203-324-9239 now to pencil in your next visit.