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Foods that Damage Your Teeth

News flash from your dentist in Dallas TX: the teeth and gut connection is real.

For years, we have been blaming sugar for most of our dental dilemmas, and rightly so. Sugar has been part of culinary history since sugarcane was domesticated around 8,000 BC.

Thanks to modern dentistry and the introduction of toothbrushes, sugar has become less intimidating but still remains a threat to your teeth. When you eat too much sugar, you put yourself at a higher risk of tooth decay. Sugar has the worst reputation for causing cavities. The problem is that when we spend so much time focusing on avoiding sugar, we forget that it’s not the only culinary culprit working against your mouth. In fact, there are a slew of popular foods out there that do just as much damage to your teeth (if not more).

1. Raisins – Raisins are one of the worst kinds of foods for your teeth, despite all the nutritional value they come packed with. The main reason raisins are bad for your teeth is simply because they are so sticky. When you eat raisins, they tend to get stuck in the tiny crevices of your teeth and leave behind sugar. Even with brushing and flossing, it can be difficult to get any sticky, dried fruit out of your teeth.

2. Bread – Bread appears to be a pretty harmless food. But if you take a deeper look, every carb lovers favorite snack is actually a nightmare for your teeth. When we eat bread, the combination of bread and saliva create a substance in our mouths that is perfect for sticking to the surfaces of your teeth and causing tooth decay. If you consider yourself a bread person, make sure you take extra care when brushing so you can get rid of any remaining starch from the bread you ate.

3. Foods With Vinegar – From pickled onions to apple cider detoxes, vinegar has been widely embraced for its health benefits. For example, apple cider vinegar may help lower cholesterol and is thought to reduce obesity. Vinegar has also become an extremely popular option for injecting flavor into foods like onions and cucumbers. But even though vinegar may be tasty, it can do serious damage to your teeth. It’s because vinegar is extremely acidic and can weaken the enamel and structure of your teeth. It isn’t to say that you can’t safely consumer vinegar, but it is important to be mindful of how it can impact your teeth. Questions on how to keep your pearly whites in tip top shape? Feel free to get in touch with your dentist in Dallas TX! We always want to hear from you! 

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