What you need to know about summer foods and your teeth from your Lumberton dentist
Summer is a great time of the year; it’s warm outside, which means foods and drinks are plentiful at outdoor barbeques. How do you know which foods and drinks are bad for your teeth? That’s a good question and the answer may surprise you. We all know how important it is to avoid foods with a high sugar content to keep your teeth healthy, but you also need to know which foods are high in acid, because acid can destroy your teeth. Dr. Colin Osborne III, in Lumberton, North Carolina, wants to help you discover what NOT to eat or drink this summer.
Dr. Osborne wants you to avoid these foods and drinks because they can be disastrous for your teeth:
- Carbonated beverages, including diet sodas because of their high acidic content; carbonation can cause calcium levels to diminish in your bones and teeth
- Colorful cocktails, especially ones made with fruit juice or soda, because they contain high amounts of both sugar and acid
- Hard candies, because of their high sugar content and they stay in your mouth for a long period of time, literally bathing your teeth in sugar
- Pickled vegetables, because of the acid in the vinegar used for pickling
- Popcorn, because it gets stuck in between your teeth and creates an environment for damaging bacteria
- Peanut butter and jelly, because both are sticky and cling to your teeth and are full of sugar
It’s hard to stay away from the foods and drinks you love, but you can limit the damage on your teeth by at least rinsing your mouth out with water after consuming a harmful food. It’s ideal if you can brush with fluoride toothpaste and floss afterwards. You can also carry a package of sugar-free gum and chew a piece to rid your teeth of food particles.
It’s important to do what you can to avoid foods and drinks which are bad for your teeth, but most people can’t abstain all the time. Dr. Osborne wants you to remember to carry the tools you need to clean your teeth, a toothbrush with or without toothpaste, and floss. If you effectively and thoroughly clean your teeth, you can indulge in your summer foods and drinks occasionally without worrying so much. For more information on how to take care of your teeth in summer and throughout the year, call Dr. Colin Osborne III in Lumberton, North Carolina. Call today and enjoy your summer!