Your quick lunch for the day consists of a turkey and cheese sandwich, small fruit salad, and raisins to snack on later in the afternoon. Sounds like a fairly healthy lunch choice; however, did you know that these foods could be affecting your oral health in a negative way? Your dentist in Waco explains.
So you may not have thought the bread in your sandwich was harmful to your teeth; however, eating bread or other carbohydrates like pasta converts into sugar as your saliva begins to break down the foods.
As an added whammy, carbohydrates tend to be sticky and can easily attach to the surfaces of your teeth. Because they’re harder to wash away, they may linger and cause tooth decay.
Fruits and Vegetables
Does your small fruit salad contain berries or beets? Foods with high pigments could stain your teeth. The foods to be aware of are items like:
- Soy sauce
- Berries such as raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries
- Vegetables such as red beets, kale, or Swiss chard
- Tomatoes or marinara sauce
Think of it this way, if it will stain your shirt, it will stain your teeth. Be sure to rinse with water after eating these foods, or better yet, brush shortly after.
Raisins sound like an excellent afternoon snack; however, eating dried fruits often has the same effect on your teeth as eating gummy candies. They tend to stick to your teeth and linger for longer than they should, which gives sugars and acids time to do their work of destroying your enamel.
Try to brush your teeth soon after eating dried fruits in order to remove any sticky remaining particles.
Water is Your Best Choice
Drinking water with your meals and throughout the day is a good idea not only to stay hydrated, but also to counteract many of the food choices we make. Water acts as a rinse, eliminating the food particles that like to hang around after snacks and meals.
Would you like some more healthy food tips for your oral health? Contact your dentist to learn more.
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