10 Foods and Drinks that Worry DentistsApril 26, 2018
There aren’t many people out there that actually *like* visiting the dentist. No one likes being told they have a cavity, but, if you do *watch* what you eat and drink, this can be avoided. Everyone knows that sugar – cakes and lollies aren’t good for your teeth, but, you would probably be surprised to know that popcorn, curries, chips and wine can also cause problems in your mouth.
Every dentist knows there are 10 foods and drinks that cause dental problems that many people just don’t know about.
while chips start out nice and crunchy, they turn into a soft mess that sits on the enamel of your teeth. Everyone assumes chips are a savory snack, but, they are actually high in sugar, and as they love sticking to teeth, they become even more of a problem.
Diet Soft Drinks
These are a great alternative for anyone who wants to drink a sweet drink, but without the kilojoules, but, while there is no sugar to cause tooth decay, just like regular soft drink and even fruit juice, diet drinks have high levels of acid that can erode tooth enamel and leads to cavities. If you must drink diet soft drinks sip them through a straw to minimise contact with your teeth or swish your mouth out with water afterwards to wash the acid away.
Fruit is healthy, it’s packed with nutrients and vitamins, but when the moisture is sucked out of the fruit you are left with a sticky mess of concentrated sugar entwined with bits of fibre that make it stick to your teeth, eat dried fruit in moderation and brush well afterwards – fresh fruit is a better option.
Lots of us love to chew the ice cubes we get with our drinks, while sucking ice cubes is fine, biting them isn’t. Ice is hard, and it can easily crack a tooth or chip enamel.
Corn on the cob, and popcorn
Popcorn is made from popped corn kernels, so it can’t be bad for your teeth? Except when it’s covered in flavourings or gooey caramel or toffee. Popcorn with nothing added isn’t a bad snack, just don’t bite on any un-popped kernels as it can cause cracks or breaks in your teeth and floss between your teeth to remove any bits that have wedged between your teeth. Biting into corn on the cob should be avoided if you have large fillings or crowns in your front teeth.
Packed with nuts, oats and grains, they look healthy enough, but what holds a muesli bar together is generally sugar. That sugar makes every bite sticky and it hangs around in the groves of your teeth for a long time.
Just like energy drinks, sports drinks are highly acidic and high in sugar. An acid attack on your teeth can last for up to 20 minutes, every time you take a sip the damage starts all over again. Unless you are doing a long workout or competing in a sport you probably don’t need the electrolytes from a sports drink anyway.
Low Fat Yoghurts
We often think of dairy foods as good for our teeth, but the low-fat varieties contain a lot of added sugar. The only way they can make low fat yoghurt taste nice, with all the fat removed is to add more sugar. Instead choose a natural yoghurt and add some fresh fruit for added sweetness.
Especially white wine and sparkling wine contain acids that can soften the protective hard enamel on teeth. This acid can also leave teeth more vulnerable to staining which is a problem for those who like red wine, tea, coffee and curries. In general, alcohol causes dehydration leaving your mouth with less saliva to protect your teeth. Heavy alcohol consumption is also a risk factor for oral cancer.
It’s popular, but when it comes to drinking water, it’s better to drink the water that comes out of your tap. Tap water really should be the number one drink choice for everyone. In Australia tap water contains fluoride which is a natural mineral that helps to protect against decay and strengthens tooth enamel. Bottle water just doesn’t contain the amount of fluoride you need to protect your teeth. Tap water will also save you a LOT of money as bottled water costs around 2000 times more than tap water does.