Most of us probably don’t think about our teeth as often as we should, but it’s really important to take good care of them. At Assure a Smile, our dentist in Miami advocates a holistic approach to dental wellness. This involves a series of healthy lifestyle choices that promote total body wellness. A key element of holistic dentistry is eating well while avoiding foods that can damage your smile.
Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease for young people between the ages of six and nineteen. The good news is that cavities are almost entirely preventable by practicing effective oral hygiene, visiting your dentist for regular checkups, and avoiding certain foods. When it comes to damaging your smile, not all types of sugary foods are created equal. Three type of candy are particularly dangerous for your smile: hard candy, sour candy, and sticky candy.
Sour candy has two characteristics that make it especially harmful for your smile. The sugar in sour candy feeds the bacteria which causes cavities. Sour candy also contains acids which break down the protective enamel in your teeth. Both hard candy and sticky candy remain on your teeth long after you eat them as they slowly dissolve. This breaks down the enamel in your teeth and allows harmful bacteria to penetrate your teeth, which can lead to tooth decay.
We don’t recommend eating a lot of sugary foods, but there are high-sugar treats such as chocolate that are much less likely than hard or sticky candy to remain on your teeth after you eat them. If you do eat sugary foods, you should avoid snacking between meals as much as possible. It’s also helpful to rinse your smile with water after eating sugary foods.
Advertisements promote sports drinks as being good for you because they help replenish the electrolytes and carbohydrates that your body loses during a workout. Unfortunately, sports drinks are full of sugar and they’re also highly acidic. As with sour candy, this combination is particularly harmful for your smile because the acids damage your enamel and the sugar promotes tooth decay. If you choose to consume sports drinks, you can reduce the damage they cause by diluting them with water or drinking them through a straw to reduce the contact they have with your teeth.
Carbonated soft drinks are seriously destructive for your smile, even diet sodas that don’t contain any sugar. That’s because the citric acid and phosphoric acid in soft drinks extract important minerals from your enamel. If the soda does contain sugar, it will cause additional damage by promoting tooth decay.
Dr. Herrmann of Assure a Smile in Miami is dedicated to healthy holistic dentistry. We promote healthy lifestyle choices and we never use any type of metal in our dental restorations. Dr. Herrmann is also an expert in the safe removal of mercury-containing amalgam fillings. Call our office today to learn more.
Dr. Theodore Herrmann
9220 SW 72nd Street, Suite 205
Monday: 8AM – 5PM
Tuesday: 7AM – 5PM
Wednesday: 7AM – 5PM
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