So, we all know that candy and other sugary snacks are not good for our teeth and gums. As sweet and enticing as these foods may be, they have the ability to wreak havoc on our teeth. But, what about all the other different types of food we eat? Why is it possible for someone to get cavities even after avoiding sweet sugary treats? Well, what many people do not know is that there are certain foods that we eat that are equally destructive to our teeth.
With that said, here are 10 foods your dentist will not let you eat:
1. Diet Soda
It is easy to assume that diet soda is not so bad for your teeth because it has less sugar than regular soda. However, this is not the case. Diet soda may have less sugar but it still has a very high acid content. Acid, like sugar, is a tooth eating substance that your family dentist will not want anywhere near your pearly whites.
Yes – meat is one of the foods that your dentist will not let you eat. Why? Two reasons. The first is that meat gets stuck in between your teeth more than any other food. The second reason is that some meat products are preserved using sugar which we all know is bad for teeth. The solution? Stay away from meat or make sure to brush and floss properly after eating meat.
3. Salad Dressing
So salad dressing – and not the actual salad – is bad for your teeth. While salads are key components of most healthy meals, the dressings on these foods can be detrimental to your teeth because they are made using vinegar and sugar to enhance flavor.
4. Peanut Butter
Peanut butter is very sticky and has a high sugar content. Its sticky nature makes it easier for bacteria to adhere to your teeth while its high sugar content ensures the bacteria are well fed. It is best to avoid peanut butter or look for natural ones that do not have added sugars.
5. Jelly or Jam
Just like peanut butter, jelly or jam is also quite sticky and loaded with sugar. Jellies and jams are made from fruits which have natural sugars that promote growth of bacteria and plaque. Again, your dentist will advise you not to consume foods with high amount of sugar.
Popcorn is an awesome snack for watching movies but it is not the best snack for your teeth. Popcorn gets stuck in between your teeth quite easily. The leftover pieces cultivate bacteria if you do not rinse your mouth and floss properly after eating this delicious snack. Your dentist advises that you keep away from popcorn if you will not remember to take care of your teeth afterwards.
Almost all breads contain sugar – but processed, white breads are notorious for having high amounts of added sugars and sweeteners which are obviously bad for your teeth. When buying bread, always ensure to check labels for added sugars and sweeteners.
8. Pickled Vegetables
Pickled vegetables are stored in brine which is made using vinegar, which is acidic. Foods with high acidity can easily damage your teeth if you are not careful.
9. White Coffee
White coffee or coffee with cream is not good for your teeth. If you must take a cup of coffee, it is advisable that you opt for black coffee instead as it has lower sugar content than white coffee.
Lemonade or lemon with water is a drink that you will want to stay away from if you want your teeth to last. Lemonade or lemon juice is highly acid and if it must be taken, it should be taken together with meals in order to neutralize the high acidity.
About the Author:
Lylene likes to think of herself as an adventurous creature. She strives to maintain a balance and healthy lifestyle. She also likes nature tripping and adventure hikes.