You can brush and floss your teeth all you want, but at the end of the day, what you put in your mouth really matters. When it comes to eating and drinking, certain foods and drinks cause more cavities than others. If you want to keep your mouth cavity-free, we recommend avoiding the following foods on our list. If you do happen to experience any pain or indicator that you have a cavity, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment at Burkburnett Family Dental with Dr. Van Tassell.
This might come as a surprise because it’s made with water, but ice can actually cause a lot of cavities if you chew it. This is because when you chew on ice or other hard substances, it can cause damage to your teeth and your enamel. When you damage your teeth or enamel, they become more susceptible to cavities and tooth decay. If you want to enjoy an iced drink, do yourself a favor and skip the chewing.
If you frequently enjoy citrus, you’re exposing your enamel to dangerous acid that can erode it. Even a simple squirt of lime or lemon juice in your glass of water can start to cause problems to your teeth. Once your enamel becomes eroded, it produces less protection against cavities for your teeth. Citrus can also irritate any mouth sores you might have. If you want to enjoy any citrus, make sure to rinse your mouth with water immediately after to remove the acid from your teeth.
It’s already known that coffee causes staining on your teeth, but it can also cause cavities when you drink it with sugar. If you happen to drink coffee or tea, know it will stain your teeth and adding sugar will increase your chance of getting a cavity. If you want to enjoy coffee without the potential dental damage, drink it through a straw and don’t add any sugar to it.
From dried fruits to candy, sticky foods are your teeth’s worst nightmare. When you enjoy sticky foods, they often stick to your teeth and become difficult to remove. When you enjoy dried fruit, it can stick to your teeth and cause bacteria to form. If you enjoy any sticky food, make sure to rinse your mouth with water and brush and floss afterward.
It’s a no brainer that soda and sugary drinks like sports drinks aren’t good for your teeth. When you sip on these throughout the day, your teeth will regularly become exposed to sugar all day long. The more sugar your teeth come into contact with, the more plaque and bacteria that can form. In addition, most soda is highly acidic which can erode your enamel even more. It’s best to replace your soda and sugary sports drinks for water.
Make sure to keep brushing and flossing regularly in addition to eating the above foods in moderation to protect yourself from cavities. If you are overdue for a dental appointment or believe you have a cavity, please contact our dental office by calling 940-569-4901 to schedule an appointment.