Whilst it’s true that dried fruit is a healthy snack and a great alternative to crisps and chocolate, many dried fruits such as apricots, prunes, figs, and raisins are sticky. They get stuck to the teeth and their crevices, leaving behind lots of sugar. They are still actually much better for your teeth than the fresh versions as they are less concentrated with sugar. But you still need to make sure you brush well afterwards!
Food for thought – is your snack bad for your teeth?
Before your reach for that bag of sweets or cup of coffee, you may want to stop and think about the impact it’s having on your teeth. You may be surprised!
Yes that’s right, bread! Actually any starchy foods such as chips, bread, pasta or crackers can be as harmful to the teeth as candy. Starches made from white flour are simple carbohydrates and can linger in your mouth and then break down into simple sugars. Bacteria feed on these sugars and produce acid, which causes tooth decay.
It’s pretty obvious that these aren’t going to be great for your teeth. But did you know that they are actually WORSE for your teeth than regular fizzy drinks suck as Coca Cola?
The inside of your coffee mug will give you a good idea of how it can stain your teeth over time. Some studies even claim that coffee stains can be more persistent than tobacco stains. teeth with heavy coffee stains are more likely to be sticky and therefore attract more food particles and bacteria.
Whilst drinking lemon water to loose weight and detox seems to be all the rage at the moment, it certainly isn’t doing any good to your teeth. Their acid content can erode enamel, making teeth more vulnerable to decay. When eating or drinking anything with citrus juices in it be sure to rinse with water afterwards.
Yes it’s just water and whilst there is nothing in ice that is bad for your teeth, chewing on a hard substance can damage enamel and make you susceptible to dental emergencies such as chipped, cracked, or broken teeth, or loosened crowns. So resist the urge to crunch your ice and leave it in your glass!
Had to be in here somewhere right!? Whilst you may love sweets, they certainly do not love you! Chewy sweets can stick to your teeth leaving them exposed to sugars for long periods of time, whilst hard sweets come with an added risk of a dental emergency such as a chipped tooth. Sweets which have a sour or tangy taste have an added negative as they contain erosive acids in addition to the already harmful sugars. When your sweet tooth does get the better of you be sure that it’s in moderation and always brush and floss afterwards.
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