With 2018 just around the corner, here are a few things dentists hope you limit in the New Year.
Sodas, Energy and Sport Drinks and even some coffee contain a lot of sugar. According to the American Dental Association, “When you eat sugary foods or sip sugary drinks for long periods of time, plaque bacteria use that sugar to produce acids that attack your enamel”. We all know the best substitute for sugary drinks is water but if you cannot break the habit, do not drink these sugary beverages over long periods of time. Try drinking it with a meal to limit the exposure.
Although you may love your citrus, it is acidic and frequent exposure can erode tooth enamel over time. If you cannot do without your morning orange juice, try buying it fortified with Calcium and Vitamin D (both help your teeth stay strong). For you lemonade lovers, make sure you do not sip it over an extended period of time.
Both chewy and hard candies can do serious harm to your teeth. Chewy candies not only stick to your teeth but they also get in between your teeth allowing bacteria to produce an acid that weakens your enamel and causes cavities. Many sour candies are not only chewy but they are also full of sugar and acidic, so try to avoid these. Hard candies are just as bad. If you bite them you could chip or break a tooth. If you suck on them, sugar is being slowly released, allowing more acid to form and wreak havoc on your teeth. Try sugar-free candies or chewing sugar-free gum to help satisfy your sweet tooth.
Do not chew ice. According to the American Dental Association, “Chewing on hard substances can leave your teeth vulnerable to a dental emergency and damage enamel.” If you can’t ditch the ice habit try sucking on it instead.
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