After today’s post about what foods are good for our teeth, here’s a little list of what not to eat and drink if you want to maintain toothy-perfection (this post was due tomorrow, but I couldn’t wait):
- Carbonated drinks like cola and lemonade can be highly acidic – even diet drinks. This means that even though drinks with no sugar won’t cause cavities due to their lack of sugar, they can damage tooth enamel.
- Chewy vitamins are especially bad for your teeth, as they contain high amounts of concentrated acids, which can erode the enamel on your teeth.
- Dried fruits like raisins and prunes contain non-soluble fibre which can trap sugars around your teeth.
- White bread, crisps and pasta don’t taste sugary, but they can become lodged between teeth and the starches they contain can start converting into sugars almost immediately!
- Citrus fruits and fruit drinks contain lots of acid, so although things like apples and lemons can be healthy in many ways, you should drink water after eating them so that the acid doesn’t start to decay your teeth.
- One great tip for maintaining healthy teeth is not to brush your teeth straight after eating acidic food. After eating anything acidic, tooth enamel is more vulnerable to damage. I usually wait at least half an hour before brushing.
If you have any tips for maintaining great dental health, please share your ideas!