Paul Lowe – Worst foods for your teeth

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There are some foods that you should enjoy in moderation as they are a danger to your teeth overtime, increasing your chances of cavities and tooth decay. Take a look at the list below…

Food fight nutrition concept as a fresh healthy broccoli fighting an unhealthy cheese burger with boxing gloves emerging out of the meal options punching each other.

Citrus fruits – If your teeth are often exposed to acidic foods, your tooth enamel (your teeth’s protective coating) will erode more quickly. If you eat a strong concentration of citrus fruit, it’s important to drink plenty of water afterwards so that the acid can be washed away.

Red wine – red wine contains tannins which stains your teeth just like red wine would stain a white t-shirt – the effect is very similar – red wine clings to teeth unless you drink plenty of water and brush well afterwards.

Energy drinks – Energy drinks are very good at marketing themselves as containing full of nutrients and energy-giving elements which are short lived and have no god long-term impact on your health. They’re also a nightmare for your teeth, opening you up to risks such as tooth decay and cavities – many professional athletes who rely on, in part, energy drinks to fuel their performance, have ended up with unexpected tooth decay and periodontitis as a result of consuming energy drinks.

Hard confectionary – It’s no surprise that hard confectionary and candy is bad for your teeth. As your teeth has to go to great lengths to break this stuff down, they’re open to cracks and damage merely from biting into the stuff! Not to mention the sugar content in this kind of food, contributing to tooth decay and gum disease, as it gets very easily stuff between your teeth. If you’re wearing fixed braces, steer clear of this completely as it becomes very easily stuck in the wires and brackets of your brace, damaging it as well as your teeth. Removable braces allow you a little more leeway where food is concerned, as you can remove them to eat.

Refined carbohydrates – When you chew into white bread, the enzymes that are in your saliva break down the starch into sugar – and not the natural kind but the synthetic kind that is your teeth’s enemy. Meanwhile bread sticks and crackers should also be enjoyed in moderation as they dry out your mouth and inhibit the production of saliva and then form clumps in between your teeth – this combination is difficult for your teeth to handle – no saliva to wash out the incredibly dry clumps of food that cling to your mouth.