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Foods That Will Irritate Your Teeth And Gums

Posted on 5/9/2022 by Evan
Foods That Will Irritate Your Teeth And GumsAmong the hardest substances within the body is the enamel that covers the teeth. However, it is also susceptible to damage. If the enamel begins to wear away, you should expect to have cavities and tooth sensitivity. When the enamel is totally eroded or worn off, it can't be replaced. As a result, you may require a tooth extraction. There are certain foods that are more harmful to your teeth compared to others. Therefore, you need to avoid them or limit their intake.

Acidic Foods

Eating fruits like limes, lemons, grapefruits, and oranges can impact the health of teeth. You may think that they are increasing your vitamin C intake and promoting your health – which is of course true - but citrus fruits have citric acid that wears away the enamel. You may want to limit the consumption of fruits containing acids to about once or twice a week. Also, don't brush your teeth immediately after you have consumed these fruits. Wait for about 30 minutes to brush after your last bite. Brushing soon after eating citrus fruits makes you grind the acid into the enamel, thus increasing the dangers of damaging the tooth covering.

Sugary Foods and Drinks

Sugary foods and drinks may not contain acid, however, the sugar in them causes an acid attack in the mouth. When you drink an energy drink, for example, the bacteria within the mouth multiply quickly. Fruit juice, full-sugar soda, cookies, cake, and candy also create the same impact on the mouth. As the bacteria multiply, acid is produced, and the acid works to erode the enamel. As result, your teeth develop micro-cavities, which eventually become cavities, meaning you need a dental filling. Try to avoid those sugary foods or drinks. Just have them during special occasions or just occasionally. Drink water once you have had these drinks or foods. Also, brush after about 30 minutes to get rid of the residual sugar. Contact us to find out more about foods likely to damage your teeth. Call us today.

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