Foods that May Make You Frown

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Foods that May Make You Frown

None of us are not saints, not even the talented team at HAB Dental in Boynton Beach. If you catch a glimpse at our break room the next time you come in to see Dr. Rosemary Baghdassarian, one of the top-rated dentists in Boynton Beach, you might see a plate of cookies or the remains of some other homemade treat. (The staff at our Boca Raton dental office seem to prefer their snacks salty.) 

But guess what.. whatever kind of treats we might have on hand, after we indulge, we make a point to brush our teeth or at the very least, rinse them well. But you have to know which foods might be a problem so you’ll know when you need to be careful.

Food to Avoid for Dental Health

 We all know that sweets are bad for your teeth. But do you know why?

 “A tooth’s worst enemy is acid – either directly contained in the food and drink, or produced by oral bacteria which thrive on sugar and then convert it to acid,” says Dr. Matthew Steinberg, a dentist based in Austin told the Huffington Post. “The mouth’s best friends are foods that neutralize acids, provide minerals and vitamins to repair tooth enamel and stimulate saliva.”

 So, if you eat candy, cake, ice cream or whatever your favorite sweets are, try to find a moment to brush your teeth afterward or at least rinse them with water. What else can give you problems?

 Dr. Steinberg also gave the folks at Huffington Post a list of some of the other foods that are bad for your teeth. In addition to sugary treats, he recommends that you be wary of the following foods: 

  • Citrus fruits and juices

With their acid and sugar, these can form a double threat to your teeth. The key is to not keep the acidic foods and juices in your mouth; swallow as quickly as is safe.

 

  • Pickles

Yes, pickles! Like citrus fruit, they are acidic and can eat away at the enamel on your teeth.

 

  • Dried fruit and honey

It’s not just the sweet factor. These are all things that will stick to your teeth.

 

  • Soft drinks

And don’t think that drinking diet soda will get you off the hook. It may not have loads of sugar, but it does contain phosphorus that can do a number on the enamel on your teeth. And it’s not just carbonated drinks. According to Steinberg, bottled ice tea and lemonade are just as bad.  

 

  • Sports drinks and enhanced water

They may sound healthy but guess what…. “Sports drinks are acidic and full of sugar, while some vitamin waters contain as much sugar as candy bars. Chewable vitamins – from multivitamins to large chewable vitamin C tablets – also contain a concentrated acid that tends to cling to and between teeth,” Dr. Steinberg says.

 

  • White bread, potato chips, pasta and other starchy, refined carbs

It’s sad but true, these can do just as much damage as sweets. “Starches made from white flour are simple carbohydrates and can linger in your mouth and break down into simple sugars. Bacteria, in turn, feed on these sugars and produce acid, which causes tooth decay,” Steinberg’s list says.

No one – certainly not Boca Raton dentist Dr. Rosemary Baghdassarian and the staff at HAB Dental in Boca Raton and Boynton Beach – expect you to completely cut these foods from your diet. But now you know to be careful!

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