Top Five Foods and Beverages that Harm Your Oral Health

Have you ever wondered how certain foods and beverages affect your oral health? The truth is that many foods and drinks we consume on a daily basis are harmful to our teeth. Dr. Gilly Calcagno and our team at Calcagno Cosmetic & Family Dentistry urge our patients to watch out for acidic and sugary foods and beverages. Each of your teeth is surrounded by an enamel coating. Comprised of minerals, enamel is the strongest substance in the human body and protects your teeth from cavities. Strong acid erodes tooth enamel, leaving your teeth vulnerable to decay. Sugary foods including starches serve as a food source for harmful bacteria in your mouth. Bacteria thrive when you consume starches and sugars.

Acidic and Sugary Foods and Beverages You Should Avoid

  1. All types of candy – Candies and deserts contain high amounts of sugar.
  2. Sports drinks and energy drinks – These beverages are both acidic and sugary.
  3. Carbohydrates – Like sugar, starches feed bacteria, too. For example, pasta, pastries, and bread serve as food sources for bacteria.
  4. Sodas – Even artificially sweetened sodas harm your teeth. Clear and dark sodas contain phosphoric and citric acids.
  5. Citrus fruits – Although packed with nutrients, citrus fruits such as lemons and oranges contain high amounts of acids that may damage your tooth enamel.

Patients should consume acid and sugar in moderation. If you eat or drink something that is sugary or acidic, try to brush your teeth thoroughly afterwards and rinse your mouth with water. We recommend that patients drink eight to ten glasses of water throughout the day to neutralize and dilute acid. If you are concerned about enamel loss or tooth decay, schedule a dental cleaning and checkup at our Rochester dentist office. To schedule an appointment, contact Calcagno Cosmetic & Family Dentistry today at (507) 281-3659. We serve patients from St. Charles, Red Wing, Hastings, Winona, Farmington, Rochester, and the neighboring areas.