Top 10 Foods That Are Bad For Your Teeth
Let me guess, you’ve probably heard that brushing and flossing twice a day is the best way to keep your teeth healthy. You may have even changed toothpaste brands three times a month, using all sorts of mouthwash and whitening products, all futile in making your teeth white again. But did you know that some of the foods you eat daily are secretly causing enough damage to your teeth, nullifying all your tooth-whitening efforts?
Even if you brush three times a day, a change of diet is crucial, or the appearance of your teeth may keep going from bad to unbearable like the guy in the photo above. Surely no one wants to get there ???. So here is a list of 10 foods you should avoid or limit their intake because they have the power to ruin your smile and send your crush away.
1. Apples ?
Everyone loves apples; they’re tasty and give this refreshing feel from just a single bite. Apples are also excellent sources of dietary fiber with a medium-sized apple having 4.4 grams making apples suitable for people with bowel and digestive problems. Well, apples may not be as innocent as they look after all, and this is not because of their supposed role in the fall of man in Eden. Apples have high acid content with a pH ranging between 2.9 – 3.3. Hence, they are surprisingly hard on your enamel. While eating an apple every day may keep the doctor away, the acid might keep your dentist on speed dial and keep the Ladies away ? (as a guy, we definitely don’t want that). Eating apple is fine, just be sure to rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash shortly after.
2. Hard Candies.
Mention the words “Free Candy” to any 5-year old and watch him/her go berserk. Who doesn’t like free candy? The indescribable sensation it fills your mouth with is just Wow! Well, keeping that aside, you probably know that the sugar in candy is a big problem. Hard candies are especially harmful because we tend to hold them in our mouths longer and chew them ?. Chewing hard candy is not advisable because it may get stuck in your teeth and promote decay. Also, be aware that cough drops/syrup are often made with sugar, so opt for a sugar-free brand if available.
3. Pickled Vegetables.
Pickling is a food preservation process that involves increasing the shelf life of food by either anaerobic fermentation in brine or immersion in vinegar. The resulting food is called a pickle. The pickling process will typically affect the food’s texture and flavor. Foods that are pickled include meats, fruits, eggs, and vegetables. Pickles that are made with vinegar, which is acidic, can damage your teeth even though the vegetables are healthy. Drinking water with your meal helps wash away acids and sugar, but remember to brush an hour later.
You can’t simply get enough of popcorn, especially when seeing a movie. We all know popcorn to be notorious for getting stuck in the teeth, and the areas between the teeth. Having sweet things get stuck in your teeth is a perfect way to start an exclusive Mouth bacteria party, and unfortunately, you’re the host. It’s okay to treat yourself to a bag of popcorn as long as you rinse your mouth with water and remember to floss and brush afterward.
6. Peanut Butter.
Gelatin desserts or jellies are desserts made with sweetened and flavored gelatin. Along with peanut butter, jelly or jam is loaded with sugar and quite sticky. Even the all-fruit brands contain natural sugars and encourage bacteria growth if not washed away soon.
9. Diet Soda.
Diet soda (alternatively marketed as sugar-free, zero-calorie, or low-calorie) are sugar-free, artificially sweetened versions of fizzy beverages with virtually no calories. They are generally marketed toward health-conscious people, people with diabetes, athletes, and other people who want to lose weight, improve physical fitness, or reduce their sugar intake. Just because it doesn’t have sugar doesn’t mean your teeth is safe. The acidity of diet sodas is still extremely high, making it one of the worst products for your teeth.
10. Salad Dressing.
More of a condiment than a food, salad dressings use vinegar and sugar for flavor. Salads should be a staple in anyone’s diet, but be careful of the dressings that can harm your smile.
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