Teeth have the primary purpose of chewing food so that it can be properly swallowed, but teeth are not as resistant as people might think. Actually, teeth are covered with a few layers that are very sensitive to substances and that will break if they are not treated correctly. Just as people are not created equal, foods are not equal as well when it comes to their effect on our teeth and our health in general. Some foods, although tasty, have a very bad effect on our mouth and we should properly protect our teeth after eating them.
Sugars- the worse of them all
Sugar is not bad only for your weight index, but also for your teeth. Sugar, no matter the type, will create an acidic reaction in your mouth, which will erode the enamel, that is the natural barrier your teeth use to protect themselves. Actually, the quantity of sugar you eat is less important than the regularity with which you eat it. If you eat small amounts of sugar every day, it’s more damaging than eating a big quantity at once, because the teeth are continuously eroded. Sugars are found not only in sweets, but also in processed foods (the type you just throw in the microwave), juices (even natural ones). Before you know it, your teeth will hurt and will look bad and if you live in Colorado, you’ll have to type cosmetic dentist in Denver into a browser search in order to find a quick solution for your problems. Better to prevent than to cure.
Dried fruit- a clear enemy
Dried fruit are full of sugars, much more so than normal, juicy fruit. Those little bits of dried fruit are quite difficult to chew and small bits will remain in your teeth and they will quickly decompose, spreading the sugar and bacteria through your mouth. Eating dried fruit often (maybe for breakfast) will increase the chances of tooth decay and pain. In order to avoid this as much as possible, rinse and floss immediately after eating these foods.
Alcohol- an enemy on all fronts
Alcohol is a type of food (yes it is) that’s very high in acid and thus will dissolve enamel. Also, even if you don’t notice it from the start, alcohol also dries your mouth considerably, thus reducing the amount of saliva that’s needed for proper functionality. Saliva has the purpose of regulating acid levels and if there’s less saliva, teeth are much more exposed to erosion.