- October 13, 2016
Dr. Hunter knows that it takes a lot of work to keep your mouth clean and your smile looking great. That’s why we push so hard to see you in our Holly, MI dentist’s office every six months (at least) for a professional teeth cleaning and thorough dental exam. Dr. Hunter has invested in advanced tools for our practice and top-notch training for our team. These things will go a long way if you make sure to take advantage of them.
The dental-related information on this blog is also designed to keep you smiling in those months between your visits. We want you to know all that you need to know in order to optimize your oral health.
As such, today we want to talk about how you can do yourself a favor by avoiding certain smile-destroying foods and beverages.
Keep reading and then be sure to get in touch with our team to schedule your next preventive dentistry appointment with Dr. Hunter!
Outside of the butter-drenched movie theater variety, popcorn is generally considered to be a healthy food choice but you still need to be mindful when consuming it.
Here’s the reasoning: pieces of popcorn can get stuck between your teeth, which is where harmful bacteria is lurking. The bacteria can eat the tiny parts of popcorn stuck there, increasing your risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
But there’s also always a possibility that you will bite into an unpopped kernel which is hard enough to damage or break your teeth. We don’t want any dental emergencies!
Ice is so hard that chewing it can badly damage your teeth. Besides the chance of breaking a tooth, chewing ice also wears down the enamel of your teeth. This could lead to heat/cold sensitivity and cavities. It can also create problems for your gums. Dr. Hunter says, don’t munch on ice!
With as much sugar as a bottle of regular soda contains, it is not the best choice for your teeth. Many sodas also contain caramel and fructose, which is basically sugar that coats and sticks to your teeth.
Don’t be fooled by diet either. Even though diet soda doesn’t have “sugar,” all soda is high in acidity. That acid can erode your enamel, making cavities much more likely to appear. Sweet tea is also a sugar-loaded stainer of teeth, so beware!
Sure, a nice cup of coffee from Zanie Janie’s can really perk you up in the morning, but it slowly stains your teeth over time, turning your once pearly whites into a brown-yellow color. Even worse than that, most coffee drinks have so much sugar in them, they’re as bad for your teeth as a fountain soda!
While it can be fun to hit a happy hour at the Blackthorn Pub with friends, there is a price to pay, and we aren’t talking about hangovers and bad decisions! The primary problem we have with alcoholic drinks is that they dry out your mouth.
While drinking, your mouth won’t produce enough saliva, which you need to help wash away particles of food or drink from your teeth and gums.
Also, some alcoholic drinks have a lot of sugar making them very bad for your teeth. And, get this, if red wine is your drink of choice, you will also be staining your teeth.
Gatorade, along with other sports drinks, are really designed to be consumed only after you’ve been sweating a lot. This is why they contain carbohydrates, which is really just another form of sugar. Gatorade might not taste as sweet as pop, but it can still do the same damage to your teeth. In this sort of situation, water is always your best bet.
Holly Dental Care Is Here To Help!
Making good decisions will help save your smile in the end. One of the best decisions you can make is partnering with a highly-skilled dentist like Dr. Hunter to look after your ever-evolving needs. Contact us today to schedule your next dental checkup at our Holly, MI dentist’s office!