5 Healthy Foods that ruin your teeth!

We all have heard a million times about what candy and soda can do to your teeth. From this information most of us have made the decision to “eat healthier” but are the choices we are making truly healthy.

We all know vitamin C is health and we will tend to eat fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C. However, one of the worst things you can eat is grapefruit. Yes grapefruit.

Grapefruit

This citrus fruit is high in the antioxidant vitamin C and filling fiber. But grapefruit is extremely acidic. If you eat it very often, it can cause erosion, also Dr Pierson warns against the enamel-eroding habit of sucking on another acidic citrus fruit: lemons.

Dried Fruits

Although raisins, prunes and dried apricots are antioxidant-rich ways to curb your sweet tooth, they’re not good for your oral health. “They’re sticky and extremely concentrated in sugar. When dried fruits get stuck in the crevices between your teeth, the sugars keep acid production going, which erodes enamel and causes decay.

Whole Grain Bread

Sugar is the worst offender when it comes to oral health, “But people forget that carbohydrates break down into sugars too.” That means that even healthy whole grains feed bacteria in your mouth, which causes acid production and encourages the growth of cavity-causing plaque.

Popcorn

This is a healthy food that won’t hurt your teeth right? Well yes and no! Although the butter-drenched tubs you munch at the movies aren’t health food, air-popped popcorn is a healthy snack. It’s a whole grain that provides cholesterol-lowering fiber; plus, it’s a high-density food, which means it fills you up for few calories. So what’s the problem? The husks of the kernels can easily get stuck between your teeth and cause infection, and uncooked kernels can actually crack your teeth. We treat about 2 patients per month with a popcorn husk stuck between their teeth and gums.

Sports Drinks

You’ve heard that soda is harmful to your teeth, but you may be surprised to learn that sports drinks are too. In one recent study, when researchers from the Iowa College of Dentistry exposed healthy teeth to juice, soda and sports drinks for 25 hours, the teeth had the greatest loss of enamel after being exposed to sports drinks.

You vowed to be healthier, work out, and be active so how can I utilize the benefits of a sports drink? Use a drinking straw or simply drink water.

Author Pierson Dental

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