Good food is something we all enjoy. Not all food, however, is beneficial for our teeth. Sadly, a number of foods can actually do damage to the enamel of your teeth. Mylife Dental in Eagan believes in a healthy balance of all things. Make sure that when you indulge in the following foods, you balance any damage by paying extra attention to your teeth cleaning routine that evening. Continue reading to see which foods you need to be aware of, and make sure to call us for all your dental needs.

Sour Candies

It’s a safe bet that you already knew candy wasn’t good for your teeth, or even your body. Did you know, however, that sour candy actually contains more acids than regular candy? It even contains different kinds of acids from regular candy and are even worse for your teeth! An added concern is the “sticky factor” they bring, which means that they’re more likely to be stuck to your teeth, and therefore more likely to cause decay. A safer, healthier alternative is a small piece of chocolate.

Bread

There is nothing better than the smell of warm bread fresh from the oven. Despite its lovely fragrance and delicious taste, a slice of bread can actually cause harm to your teeth. When you chew, the saliva in your mouth breaks down the starches in the bread to their sugar base. The sugar begins to damage the enamel. A healthier alternative is whole-wheat bread, which contains fewer added sugars which aren’t as easily broken down as the sugars in white bread.

Citrus

Everyone knows that a beautiful, round orange is a wonderful source of vitamin C. While this is true, oranges and other citrus fruits contain a lot of acid, which erodes the enamel of your teeth and makes them more vulnerable to decay. Those lemon or lime slices that you enjoy adding to your water also add a little bit of acid to the drink. You don’t have to completely eradicate citrus fruits from your diet. Instead, make sure to drink or eat them in moderation, and rinse your mouth out afterward.

Potato Chips

The crunch that potato chips provide is rather satisfying. Unfortunately, they are not a whole lot better for your teeth than bread. Like bread, they are loaded with starch, which breaks down into sugar when you chew. The sugar gets trapped in your teeth and feeds the bacteria that cause plaque. Don’t feel like cutting chips from your diet? No worries — simply make sure to floss after enjoying your favorite bag of chips.

Dried Fruits

Many people think that dried fruits are a healthy snack, since fresh fruit is healthy. However, not only are dried fruits sticky, they also contain a lot of added sugar. The combination of these two factors means a lot of negative things for the health of your teeth. If you don’t want to give up indulging in your favorite snack, be sure to rinse your mouth out with water and follow up with brushing and flossing.

MyLife Dental in Eagan knows that we all have our favorite foods that we don’t want to give up. We may be dentists, but we are also people who love salty snacks and dessert, and we know that moderation and balance are keys to living a healthy, fulfilling life. We are here to offer you the quality care you need at an affordable price. Call today to book an appointment for your next teeth cleaning!