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Foods to Limit to Protect Your Teeth & Gums

Poor oral hygiene, some medications, genetics, and poor diet can all contribute to dental disease, including tooth decay and gum disease. We recommend eating a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, lean protein, fiber, and dairy products like low-sugar yogurt and cheese, which contain nutrients that fortify teeth and gums.

There are also certain foods and drinks you should limit to preserve your oral health.

  1. Candy
  2. Candy is highly processed and high in sugar. Sugar causes decay because when bacteria that lives on the surface of your teeth consume sugar and starches, they release harmful acid that damages the enamel, or hard outer layer, of your teeth. Hard and sticky candies are particularly bad for your teeth because they linger in your mouth longer.

  3. Pastries & Other Sweets
  4. Similarly to candy, pastries and other sweets are high in sugar and starches which can accelerate plaque buildup under your gumline.

  5. Citrus Fruits
  6. Certain fruits are more acidic than others, including citrus fruits like lemons, limes, and oranges. While you should incorporate them into your diet given their high vitamin C content and other health benefits, you should thoroughly rinse your teeth afterwards to wash the acid away.

  7. Alcohol
  8. Alcohol decreases saliva production. Dry mouth increases your risk of bad breath, tooth decay, and gum disease.

  9. Tea & Coffee
  10. Tea and coffee are also acidic, and if you like sweetened coffee beverages, it’s doubly harmful to your oral health. Additionally, both tea and coffee are staining and can give your teeth a darker appearance the more you consume them.

Comprehensive Oral Healthcare in Monroe, WA

At Donald Kim, DDS, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Our preventive, restorative, cosmetic, and emergency services can address a wide variety of issues. We want to help you preserve your natural smile for the rest of your life! And you’ll feel right at home with our spa-like, comfortable amenities and professional, dedicated team. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.


August 1, 2021 4:00 am
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