Everyone must eat, but did you know that the things you enjoy most may be the worst things for your teeth? Coffee, sweets, berries and more can increase cavities and stain your teeth.
Who doesn’t love a glass of wine to unwind after a long day of work? Both white and red wine is bad for your teeth. Wine is high in acid. This acidity is known to erode the enamel off of the teeth. Wine also increases staining of the teeth. With the enamel stripped, other foods and beverages will lodge in the tooth pores staining the tooth. Both white and red wine will strip enamel and stain the teeth.
Coffee, Tea, and Soda
Coffee, teas, and soda are all bad for your teeth. Dark beverages contain dark staining pigments that become embedded in the cracks and ridges of your teeth. Plus all the extra sugar in the drinks will speed up the decay processes causing cavities.
Oranges, lemons, and grapefruits are packed full of vitamin C. However; these fruits are high in acid which is terrible for teeth. Like wine, citrus fruit is high in acid and removes the enamel from the teeth. Stripping the enamel leaves the teeth vulnerable to cavities and staining.
Dark Berries And Pomegranates
Dark Berries like blackberries and blueberries are packed full of vitamins and antioxidants. As great as these berries are for a person, the dark pigments of these berries are bad for your teeth. The dark colors that so easily stain clothes will also easily stain teeth.
Doughnuts, cookies, and candy are all bad for your teeth. The sugars in the food get into the crevasses on your teeth and collect. The sugars are then used to feed the bacteria living in the mouth. These bacteria break down the sugars and create acids that cause tooth decay.
If cutting these items from your diet is not a solution, then it is important to take steps to reduce the damage. Use a straw when drinking liquids and add milk to dark beverages. If eating darkly pigmented foods, then drink a glass of water when finished eating. Follow all brushing and flossing instructions, and remember to see your dental professional regularly.