A good dental hygiene routine relies on several factors, including brushing twice and flossing once every day, rinsing regularly, embracing a healthier diet, and limiting foods and beverages that contribute to serious dental health issues, like cavities and tooth decay. Although it’s common knowledge that consuming too much sugar and starchy foods can damage your teeth, it’s important to be aware of what you are consuming regularly and which food items should strictly be avoided. Read more to understand foods that cause cavities and what you can do to ensure perfect dental health for years to come.
Which Drinks and Foods You Should Avoid For Your Teeth?
There are many foods and drinks that cause plaque build-up that further contribute to cavities. What you eat and drink can be easily seen in your teeth. Avoid or limit the intake of certain cavity-causing foods and drinks mentioned below-
1. All Soda Drinks
Highly acidic in content, carbonated soda drinks are best to be avoided for many reasons. The carbonation in soda drinks, no matter if it’s diet or loaded with sugar, eats away the enamel on your teeth. Even though diet sodas are sugar-free, they can still cause many dental issues for this reason. All in all, drinking soda regularly can increase your risk for a tooth cavity. While it’s best to avoid drinking soda drinks if you do occasionally have one, use a straw to avoid contact with the teeth
2. Dried Fruits
Dried fruits are relatively healthy snacks but many dried fruits such as prunes, apricots, and raisins, are sticky and can be harmful to your teeth. They can stick to the teeth and remain for a longer time inside the mouth to attract bacteria causing tooth cavities. Even healthy dried fruits are not ideal snacks for you to be munching on all day. However, if you love eating dried fruits, make sure you rinse immediately, and then brush and floss after
3. Dark Chocolate
We agree that dark chocolate does have some health benefits because of its antioxidants, but it’s still candy and therefore contains sugar. If you eat dark chocolate, you should rinse afterwards to wash most of the sugar out of your mouth. Also, make sure you brush and floss regularly after consumption. These helpful tips will make your next dentist visit enjoyable and cavity-free
4. Potato Chips
Although more nutritious than dark chocolates, potato chips are loaded with starch, which breaks down into simple sugars that get trapped between the teeth and feed the harmful bacteria in the plaque. If you choose to eat snacks like potato chips, take extra care when you brush and floss that day to get rid of all trapped particles that can lead to plaque build-up.
To Wrap Up!
Now that you know which foods and drinks cause tooth decay, and eventually cavities, you can limit their intake, eat a teeth-healthy diet, and focus on maintaining your dental hygiene.