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Foods To Avoid For Oral Health

There are many people who do not realize that the foods that they eat can have a direct impact on their oral health. They may just assume that if it is sold in the grocery store, then it must be safe for consumption. While this is mostly true, there are some foods that are out on the market today that can have negative impact on oral health. The most common foods are citrus fruits and juices, soda, and foods high in sugar.

Citrus fruits and juices

While fruits are typically good for the body because of the vitamins that are in them, it is important to understand that the acid that is in an orange, grapefruit, lemon, lime or other citrus fruit can weaken the enamel on teeth and cause cavities or tooth loss. It is important for someone who is consuming these fruits or drinking juice made from these fruits to brush their teeth afterwards so that the acid is not sitting on or between their teeth. Weakened enamel and dentin can not only lead to cavities but it can also lead to tooth fracture and sensitive teeth.

Soda

Millions of people drink soft drinks every day , and many of these people may not be aware how bad the soda can be on your teeth. Most sodas have acid in them which, like that found in citrus fruits and juices, can be harmful to your teeth by weakening them. Not only that, but soda also have a high level of sugar and sodium suspended in the liquid which can facilitate cavity formation and growth. It is best for you to stay away from soft drinks. If you must drink some, then it is a good idea for you to brush your teeth afterwards so that you can get the acid, sugar, and sodium that is coating your teeth off of them.

Foods high in sugar

Lastly, it is a good idea for you to brush your teeth after eating most types of candy and gum. Any sugary snack such as snack cakes and other processed foods high in sugar should also be avoided. If they can not be avoided, then it is paramount that you brush your teeth after eating these foods so that you can decrease the damage that can be done to your teeth.

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