Foods to Avoid For a Healthy Smile

Many of our New Year’s resolutions focus on self improvement. Whether you plan to eat healthier, commit to an exercise regimen, or simply devote more time to others, New Year’s resolutions are a great way to renew your focus and become a better version of yourself.

Monroe, NC dentist Dr. Leonard Hess would like to offer a simple solution: cutting cavity-causing foods can help you achieve a healthier smile in the new year. Your teeth are not only aesthetically important, but good oral health is critical for total body health. Making a renewed effort to improve your oral health can be as simple as tweaking your diet to avoid foods that are detrimental to your pearly whites. Not convinced? Consider this… because these offending foods are sugary and high in calories, making these tiny adjustments in the foods you eat will not only keep your teeth in tip top shape, but it could also help you reach your fitness and wellness goals as well!

Here is a list of foods and beverages that Dr.Monroe and his staff suggests limiting as much as possible:

  • Citrus such as lemon or lime is highly acidic and can erode tooth enamel and irritate mouth sores
  • Dried fruit and other sticky foods are your mouth’s worst foe. While dried fruit appears to be an appealing alternative to candy, it also contains added sugar and can cause significant damage due to its tendency to linger on teeth
  • Hard candies are full of sugar and can even trigger a dental emergency such as a chipped or cracked tooth. Yikes!
  • Ice. This may seem counterintuitive since water is vitally important, but chewing on ice can cause cracked enamel. Do yourself a favor and stick to water in its liquid form!
  • Alcohol can cause dehydration and reduced saliva over time, leading to gum disease and tooth decay

We understand that the foods listed are indeed delicious and may be difficult to avoid entirely, but remember to brush and floss diligently if you do decide to indulge!  Keep your smile healthy throughout the year and remember to schedule your dental check ups. Contact us to schedule an appointment and keep smiling!