Posts for tag: tooth enamel

By contactus@dentalrockville.com
August 07, 2017
Category: Dental Health

When you grab a snack to eat, a savory treat to enjoy, or a drink to quench your thirst, do you think about the damage that it can do to your teeth? We are guessing that you probably don’t. However, you should always consider which foods and beverages will cause damage to your teeth and have adverse effects on both your oral and overall health.

 

Below, Dr. Samuels in Rockville, MD outlines five foods and beverages that can damage your teeth by promoting tooth decay and gum disease. Dr. Samuels is not implying that you eliminate these foods and beverages from your diet, but to make sure you’re taking proper care of your teeth after consumption.

 

ALSO READ: How Can I Keep Cavities From Developing?

 

1.) Hard Candy/Suckers:

 

Hard candy and suckers melt in your mouth over a duration of time. Due to this, sugar and syrup are slowly being released into your mouth over a long period of time. As these sugars are released, bacteria use them to create acid. If you bite into a sucker or hard candy, they can easily cause a dental emergency as well.

 

2.) Soda

Bacteria use sugar from foods and drinks to produce acids that attack your enamel. Sodas typically contain acid already and then help bacteria produce additional acid that attacks your tooth enamel. Unfortunately, sodas are typically caffeinated and will cause you to dehydrate and develop dry mouth. When your mouth is dry, sugars, acid, and bacteria can harm your teeth as saliva is not present to protect them.

 

3.) Coffee and Tea (if not made correctly)

 

If you do not add anything to your tea or coffee, they are not bad choices for a beverage to drink. However, when you start adding flavors, syrup, and sugars, you start to make these drinks dangerous for your teeth. Similar to soda, coffee and tea can be caffeinated and cause you to suffer from dry mouth.

 

4.) Chewy/Sticky Food

 

Do you enjoy indulging in those fruity candies? You know, Starbursts, Skittles, or Sweet Tarts? Due to the texture of these candies, they tend to stay on your teeth for long periods of time and cause damage. In addition to candies, dried fruits are typically chewy and will do damage to your teeth as well. Rinsing your mouth with water, brushing, and flossing will help to remove particles of chewy food from your teeth.

 

5.) Citric Fruits

 

The biggest drawback of soda is the acids that they introduce to your mouth. Similar to soda, citric fruits are chalk full of acid. Acids eat away at your enamel and make you more prone to developing cavities over time. Squeezing lemons or limes into your water might seem like an innocent habit, but it can actually ruin the health benefits of drinking water for your mouth. Always drink plain tap water.

 

Are you in need of a dentist in Rockville, MD?

 

If you read this article, you are probably concerned about the health of your teeth and mouth. Dr. Samuels in Rockville, MD wants your mouth to be as healthy and happy as possible. If you are in need of a dentist, Dr. Samuels welcomes you to schedule an appointment at his office!

Cosmetic dentistry is one of the fastest growing areas of dentistry. Everyone has a desire to have a smile that is beautiful and helps to build their confidence. Within cosmetic dentistry, tooth whitening is the most requested procedure/treatment that we get at our practice in Rockville, MD

 

But, what if you could avoid staining your teeth to begin with, and didn’t need a teeth whitening system? You can; you just have to be careful about what you are eating. Additionally, being careful about what you eat is a great way to make sure your teeth stay bright after your tooth whitening system is complete. 

 

While tooth enamel is the strongest part of our body, it is quite fragile and susceptible to staining. Your enamel is covered in microscopic ridges and valleys that can cause particles of dark foods and drinks to get stuck on your teeth, and cause staining to your enamel, which is usually translucent.

 

Three beverages that cause a lot of staining are coffee, tea, and cola. The reason that these three beverages cause staining is due to their acidic content and dark pigments. Due to the acid that they contain, they can actually cause your enamel to wear away and expose your root dentin, which will give your tooth a more yellow color. Even if your enamel is not wearing away, the dark pigments still have a tendency to get stuck in your enamel and cause your teeth to look darker. 

 

In addition to the beverages listed below, there are many foods that can cause your teeth to stain. The foods that cause the most staining are ones that contain artificial coloring, like fruit juice, gummies, tomato sauce, and popsicles. Other foods that can cause discoloration are foods that contain a lot of acid like grapefruit, lemons, and other citric fruits. 

 

Something to keep in mind when determining if a food will stain your teeth is: “If the food or beverage would stain a white shirt, it will more than likely stain your tooth enamel/teeth.” 

 

Even if you avoid the aforementioned foods and beverages, you still need to maintain good brushing, flossing, and use of mouthwash. When buying these products, make sure that they contain fluoride to help rebuild your tooth enamel.

 

Are you looking for a tooth whitening product in Rockville, MD?

 

If you have tooth discoloration, and have a desire for whiter teeth, Dr. Samuels recommends visiting your dentist ASAP. If your teeth are discolored for certain reasons, your teeth are not able to be whitened by a whitening product. If you are in need of a dentist, and want to receive a consultation about your teeth, feel free to contact us today to schedule an appointment.



11140 Rockville Pike, Ste 510
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 881-4200
drj@drjsamuels.com
 

   

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