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The Five Worst Foods That Wreck Your Teeth

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There’s the saying that you are what you eat. And in no better place can that be seen than in your teeth.

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Besides brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing and visiting a cosmetic dentist in Melbourne, try to avoid or limit the foods below.

Sweets

When mom said candy would “rot your teeth,” she was right. But only about some kinds of candy – the hard kind, like lollipops and cough drops, and the sticky kind, like caramels and gummy bears.

The reason is fairly obvious – since they’re sticky, they tend to cling to your teeth – and the longer they stick around, the more damage they can cause. But there is some good news for those of us who have a sweet tooth. Chocolate is a fairly harmless indulgence, because the sugar in chocolate is mixed with fat, which doesn’t hang around in your mouth.

Starchy foods

Maybe Dr. Atkins (of the famous no-carbs diet) should have been a dentist – when it comes to causing tooth decay, breads, potatoes, rice and the like can be dangerous. The reason? Small pieces can easily get stuck between or behind your teeth, especially in the back of your mouth.

And bacteria love nothing more than to chow down on some tasty carbohydrates. So if you can’t brush your teeth after eating a sandwich at lunch or a bagel at the office, swirl some water in your mouth to loosen the bits that may be stuck.

Soft drinks

This is definitely a no brainer. Soft drinks are packed with more sugar than you would ever consider adding on your own to a cup of coffee or a glass of iced tea. Plus, soft drinks also contain acids that erode your tooth enamel.

But soft drinks aren’t the only drinks that can wreak havoc on your smile. Energy drinks, sports drinks, fruit drinks and pre-sweetened teas contain as much sugar as some soft drinks. Even fruit juice has a high sugar content that makes it less than ideal from a dental health standpoint.

Alcohol

While recent studies have shown that a bit of booze is some sort of miracle cure, doing everything from preventing heart disease to prolonging life, it’s still not a winner in the dental department.

Why? Alcohol dries out your mouth, preventing saliva from doing its job of keeping surfaces clean. Some medicines can also have the same effect. So if you enjoy a drink or must medicate, be sure to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.

Lemons

True, they’re not sugary or sticky. But lemons pose a different sort of problem for teeth – they’re highly acidic. They can erode the enamel right off of your teeth. So if you love lemons, don’t suck on them. Squeeze the juice in some water to dilute it or enjoy them mixed with foods or other drinks.

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