Dietary Habits That Weaken Teeth

healthy-teethTo keep your teeth healthy and strong, you need to practice great oral hygiene including brushing twice daily, flossing at least once a day and visiting the dentist regularly. However, there are dietary factors that may lead to sensitive or weakened teeth and undermine your efforts. By avoiding these behaviors, you can maintain a healthy, beautiful smile.

Sugary Beverages
Consuming a lot of sugar, particularly in liquid form can cause tartar buildup, tooth decay, cavities and eventual tooth loss. This is particularly true of sugary beverages, which tend to wash over the teeth and stay in the mouth. Sugary drinks have also been shown to increase the risk of developing diabetes.

Drinking Non-Fluoridated Water
Drinking enough water daily helps overall health but if you drink strictly bottled water without regulated fluoride levels, your teeth may not be getting the fluoride they need. Inadequate fluoride intake contributes to weakened tooth enamel, especially in the developing teeth of children. Once enamel is lost in adult teeth, it does not come back so adequate fluoride to keep teeth strong and protected is essential.

Drinking Cola And Sucking On Lemons
Sodas and colas are acidic in composition and this acidity erodes the minerals from your teeth in a process called dental erosion. If left unchecked, it could lead to the yellowish discoloration of teeth and or severe sensitivity. Sucking on acidic items like lemon or drinking too much white wine can also cause a similar problem.

Consuming Heartburn Causing foods
When you have gastric reflux disease or uncontrolled heartburn, stomach acids can come up into the mouth and erode the cusps of the back teeth. Although using over the counter medications to treat heartburn can make you feel better temporarily, it is important to treat the issue with medical help to avoid damage to the esophagus. Avoiding foods that trigger heartburn or acid reflux is also advisable to protect your oral and overall health.

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