An apple a day keeps the doctor away. But if it’s fewer trips to the dentist that you want, there are certain foods you should stay away from or shouldn’t be eating at all. Some foods can be damaging to your teeth, gums, and overall dental health. They can break down your enamel, the protective coating of your teeth, and make you prone to cavities. Other types of food wreak havoc by sticking to teeth and attracting bacteria, dislodging tooth fillings, staining the enamel, and even breaking off parts of your teeth!
These are the 9 foods your dentist wants you to avoid.
1. Citrus fruits and juices
Citrus fruits like oranges, limes, lemons, and grapefruits are healthy additions to your diet. So are the natural juices extracted from them. They are rich sources of vitamin C which is excellent for gum health. They even contain high amounts of flavonoids – compounds known for their anti-cancer properties.
Why you should avoid it: Having too much of these fruits and juices are not good for your teeth. Because of their high acidity, they can soften and weaken your enamel, which then leads to dental carries. What dentists wish you knew was that enamel does not grow back. Once it’s been stripped off, you will eventually develop carries.
Some citrus fruits like limes and lemons are harsher on the teeth than others. That’s because they contain concentrated levels of acid and are also high in sugar. See, even natural sugars are not good for your dental health. In 2011, a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition revealed that grapefruit juice was almost as erosive to teeth as the carbonated beverage, Coca-Cola.
How to care for your teeth: Teeth are most vulnerable to damage after being exposed to the acids of citrus fruits or juices. Brushing your teeth right after is therefore not recommended since it would be abrasive to the softened enamel. It would be better to simply drink a tall glass of water and then wait at least 30 minutes before brushing your teeth. Drinking water will neutralize and wash away the acids and prevent enamel erosion.