What you eat have a direct impact on your health and how you look, one if the first parts to get affected strongly by the foods and drinks you consume is your teeth. That is because many types of foods and drinks cause plaque which is a bacterial filled film that covers the surface of the teeth and can contribute to gum inflammations and tooth decay. When you eat the wrong food for your teeth, the sugars in the food will cause bacteria to release acids that attack the enamel of the teeth, leading the tooth’s enamel to wear down and cause cavities.
Cavities happen to be the most common diseases people between the ages of six to 19 are suffering from according to the Centers of Diseases Control and Prevention.
Cavities cause pain, difficulty chewing and tooth abscesses. It goes further to more serious problems when you don’t regularly brush and floss your teeth to remove the plaque layer, that plaque can harden and turn to tartar that could lead to early gum diseases.
How to prevent plaque in the first place can be easily done by brushing your teeth twice a day at least, flossing and visiting a dentist regularly and above all avoiding the foods that cause the problem.
Here’s a list of the foods that cause tooth plaque to avoid.
1- Sour Candy.
All sugary foods are bad for your teeth but sour candy in particular is worse as it contains different acids that are tougher for the surface of your teeth. Moreover, because the candy is chewy they are more likely to stick to your teeth in different places for longer time despite the brushing increasing the risk of cavities. Thus, if you fins yourself craving sweets its better to reach for chocolate instead because it is easier to chew, swallow and wash away.
2- Carbonated Drinks.
Its well known that little if any benefits come from soda, in fact recent study found that drinking large quantities of soda can be as damaging as cocaine and methamphetamine for your teeth. Carbonated drinks cause the bacteria on your teeth to produce more acid to attack the enamel of your teeth. In addition the dye found in carbonated drinks stain the teeth.
Note/ don’t brush your teeth immediately after drinking soda because brushing can bush the bacteria into the small cracks in the teeth enamel and hasten the damage.
3- Citrus Fruits.
Citrus fruits like lemon, orange and grapefruit are healthy and delicious but the citric acid in then can touch for the teeth enamel. Therefore it is recommended to enjoy them with meals and in moderation, also rinse your mouth with water after eating them.
Alcohol is another drink that causes tooth plaque and decay, besides its acid content, alcohol dehydrates your mouth making it lacks saliva which is very important for the well-being of the teeth. Saliva works on balancing the pH level in the mouth, washing away food particles, preventing food from sticking to your gums and even treating early signs of gum diseases, thus it is important to maintain your mouth hydrated.
White bread that’s made from refined flour is another bad option for your teeth. When you chew white bread, the starch in it gets broken down into sugar in your mouth, so it becomes sugary paste-like substance that sticks to the surface and crevices in your teeth and between your teeth and then cause cavities.
It is better to substitute white bread to other less refined carbohydrate like whole grains and vegetables.