Most people strive to eat healthy for reasons other than protecting their oral health. We may be avoiding bacon to lower our cholesterol or forgoing desert to achieve a trim waistline. Since oral health is connected to your total well being, foods that promote a healthy mouth also promote a healthy body. Dr. James Fondriest wants to encourage healthy food choices that are good for your total health and your teeth.
Harmful Foods for Your Teeth
Patients should be wary of two things—acid and sugar. Acid destroys tooth enamel while sugars feed aggressive bacteria. Our staff has found that many patients are unaware of what types of food contain sugars and many of our patients don’t know how much sugar they actually consume. In some cases, a food or beverage that appears to be a healthy choice is actually quite the opposite. Below are some teeth-damaging foods and beverages that might surprise you.
Acidic Foods and Drinks
- Pickles – The brine used to preserve pickles and other foods such as green olives is very acidic.
- Smoothies – Although many smoothies contain fresh fruits, they are dangerous because of citric acid. This is especially troublesome for teeth since people tend to sip on smoothies for an extended period of time, which prolongs exposure to acid.
- Clear Sodas – Many people know that dark sodas stain teeth; however, clear sodas are actually more acidic because they often contain ascorbic and citric acid.
Sugary Foods and Beverages
- Candy – Almost all types of candy contain more sugar than people realize.
- Carbohydrates – Starches are actually a form of sugar. Carbohydrate-rich foods like bagels, pasta, and potatoes are food sources for bacteria in your mouth too.
- Cocktails – Most mixed drinks contain syrupy sweeteners. For example, margaritas contain high amounts of citric acid and sugar from sweet and sour syrups.
Dr. Fondriest urges patients to consume these foods and drinks in moderation. Remember to brush your teeth and rinse your mouth with water after consuming acids and sugars. To schedule an appointment at our Chicago dentist office, contact us at (847) 234-0517.
The clinical outcomes that Dr. Fondriest has created has earned him a national reputation in Cosmetic Dentistry and Prosthodontics. He serves clients from throughout the United States.