Dental Friendly Diets: 5 Foods to Avoid
Dental cleanings and exams from Galleria of Smiles are a necessary part of any healthy smile. You need to have Dr. Justin Emami or Dr. M. Emami taking a look at your teeth every six months to prevent any serious dental issues from arising. Our skilled dentists and their highly qualified team will thoroughly clean your teeth, and make sure that your smile stays great for years to come.
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There are steps you can take in between your six-month appointments to help keep you smile safe from damage. Your diet has a tremendous amount to do with how healthy your teeth are, and how white your teeth are. Some simple adjustments to the foods you eat, and how often you eat them can have an amazing impact on the quality of your smile. Let Galleria of Smiles help you have the kind of smile you deserve.
5 Foods You Should Avoid (or limit)
The following list of foods have a damaging effect on your smile if you are not careful about how much you consume, and how often you consume them. Dr. Justin and Dr. M. Emami have dedicated their life to crafting great smiles in the Tulsa and Sand Springs communities. We know that some of these foods you will never stop eating. In those instances, perhaps moderation is the best call. Find out what foods could be harming your smile.
• Coffee – Before you even start, we know there is no way that you will ever stop drinking coffee entirely. No matter how much we tell you about how it stains your teeth, or how the acidic nature of the beverage harms your enamel, it will always be a necessary part of your morning routine.
We understand that the caffeine that you get from your morning cup of coffee is what gets you going in the morning. So, if we know you won’t stop drinking it, and you know you won’t stop drinking it, what’s the point of putting it on the list. Galleria of Smiles is preaching moderation for you in your coffee consumption.
Also, rinsing or brushing your teeth after drinking your coffee can go a long way towards mitigating the damaging effects that coffee has on your appearance and dental enamel.
• Hard & Soft Candy – This is one that we do want you to stay away from entirely. The sugar tastes good, we know, but the damage that this type of food has on your teeth is not worth it. The sugars stay on your teeth, and give the bad bacteria a veritable all-you-can-eat buffet. Cut out the sweets, and replace it something else, like an apple.
• Soft Drinks – Another one of those foods you don’t need in your life, soda is not good for your teeth or overall health. These beverages dump a massive amount of sugar into your system that either feeds bad bacteria or ends up getting stored as fat. Either way, you are worse off after you soda fix than you were before. Water is a great alternative. It is healthy, benefits your teeth, and will do nothing bad to your waistline.
• Fruits with High Citric Acid – Fruits are great for your health, but the citrus one (oranges, grapefruits, grapes, lemons, etc.) should be followed by a rinse of water or a brushing. This is due to the citric acid that is present in these types of fruit. Citric acid will wear down your tooth enamel, and expose the vulnerable dentin underneath. There is no way to regrow dental enamel, so it is very important that you take care of the enamel that you have.
• Wine and/or Black Tea – If you like having white teeth, you will avoid these beverages. Red wine, in particular, can have a very damaging effect on the color of your teeth (think a little kid with a red lollipop). Too many glasses of wine and your smile turns purple.
Black tea is just as damaging as wine but is a little more subtle. You won’t notice the staining effects immediately, but over time black tea will darken even the brightest of smiles. If you do drink wine and tea, it is important to rinse your mouth or brush your teeth following. This will help you avoid the stains that come with these beverages.