An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but it just may land you in your dentist’s chair. If you’ve got weak teeth, certain foods can harm your teeth; and according to one dentist, apples are one of the biggest culprits of cracked teeth. Instead of biting into them, cut them up to make chewing easier. Here are some other foods that play havoc on your smile.
- Ice- Chewing on ice is hard on your teeth and can actually break or crack the enamel. Furthermore, pagophagia (ice chewing) is frequently associated with iron deficiency anemia. If you’re craving ice, it may be time to visit the doctor for some blood work.
- Soft drinks- Sugary sodas are a menace for grins. The acid they contain can weaken your enamel and the colorings can discolor your teeth. If you must indulge, do so rarely and make sure to use a straw to limit contact with your pearly whites.
- Wine- Red wine may cause discoloration, but white wine may be even worse. The acidity in white wine is what causes teeth to stain and white wine is typically more acidic than red. So even if you stick to white wine, you’re still leaving your teeth at risk for staining from foods.
- Breath mints- If you’re a fan of breath mints, then you want to make sure you stick to sugar free ones. Even a little bit of extra sweetener bathes your teeth in cavity-causing sugar. Look for mints that contain xylitol, which combats bacteria. Just remember to keep it away from your pets, as it can be deadly to dogs.
- Chewy candies- Caramels can get stuck on teeth and braces, which gives plaque a chance to build up. It can also pull out loose fillings or teeth. If you want a sweet treat, indulge in some dark chocolate. It can combat plaque and is easy on the teeth.
- Potato chips- Crunchy at first and soggy after you chew a while, potato chips are almost perfectly designed to get stuck between your teeth. Once they’re lodged between your chompers, bacteria starts to produce acid and your risk of tooth decay increases. If you must eat chips, make sure to floss afterward to save yourself a trip to the dentist.
- Cough drops- What could be the problem with cough drops? After all, they’re medicine, right? While they may help soothe your sore throat, cough drops are swimming in sugar—as much as some hard candies; and since you’re probably not overly interested in dental hygiene when you have a cold, that sugar sticks on your teeth for quite a while. Instead of cough drops, soothe your throat with some herbal tea or lemon water.
Although these tips will help save your teeth, you still need to visit your dentist regularly in order to maintain good dental health. If you want to have good health inside and out, then be sure to visit your chiropractic team regularly. They’ll be able to keep your spine aligned properly, leaving your body free to fight off disease. Good health is a gift that you give to yourself and your chiropractic team can help you find it.
Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.
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