5 Snacks that You May Not Realize are Harming Your Teeth

Most people are aware of the obvious foods that could be harmful to teeth. However, there are some surprising things that we put into our mouths that we might not be aware are causing damage to our pearly whites. Lighthouse Family Dentistry recommends that you be conscious of the snacks that you eat so you can prevent major dental damage and costly procedures down the line. Here are a few foods that you may not realize are harming your teeth.

  1. Citrus: Frequent exposure to citric fruits and juices can erode enamel, making teeth more likely to decay over time. In addition, exposure to acidic food can irritate mouth sores.
  2. Dried Fruit: Most people assume that dried fruit is an optimal healthy snack. In reality, it can be a nightmare for your teeth because of the stickiness. Sticky foods should be avoided because they tend to stay on your teeth longer than other foods and will ultimately cause tooth decay.
  3. Barbecue Sauce: This sauce marinating your ribs and chicken might be doing more damage than you think. There is a surprising amount of sugar in barbecue sauce that potentially can lead to tooth decay and discoloration.
  4. Chewable Vitamins: Chewable vitamins have a sticky makeup that doesn’t provide benefits for teeth. In addition, they are packed with sugar to make their taste more palatable. To avoid cavities down the line, it’s recommended that you choose capsules as your vitamin choice.
  5. Sports Drinks: These high-carb replenishing drinks are not teeth friendly. Not only does this high-carb thick beverage stick to your teeth, but sports drinks are highly acidic.

Here are some snacks to consider that are noted for being tooth friendly:

These foods protect tooth enamel because they provide the phosphorus and calcium needed to keep your teeth mineralized.

If you feel that you have developed teeth problems due to the snacks you’re choosing, Lighthouse Family Dentistry recommends that you come visit us to discuss how we can help and serve you to get your teeth back to optimal health. We pride ourselves in having state-of-the-art dental technology and are truly invested in the highest quality dental care that we provide for our patients. We love playing a part in bringing smiles to the world! To schedule an appointment, call us at (831) 373-0478.

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