Westchester NY Dentist Dishes out Foods to Avoid
As your Westchester NY dentist, we always have the health of your whole mouth in mind. One of the biggest players when it comes to preventing and maintenance of a successful smile is your diet. The food and beverage you consume day in and day out may satisfy a craving or give you the boost you need, but the effects it may have on your teeth could be not worth it. Here are five food choices you should avoid or try to cut back on in order to maintain an amazing smile:
Though advertised as the ultimate “thirst-quenchers” for your workout, your sports drinks could be too sugary to bare. While some brands can include vitamins and other nutrients into their drinks, make sure to check the sugar content as well. It may not be worth sweating over the dental damage being done by these instead of just choosing water for your physical activities.
Sticky foods can cause all sorts of havoc in your mouth as well. Many people would think trail mix or dried fruits to be a great dietary option, but they can literally stick around in your mouth a lot longer. And the longer they stick around, the more harm they can create. Make sure to have some water and brush or floss after consumption to get all the particles out.
One of the most commonly consumed unhealthy beverages without a doubt is soda. Soda is very sugary and sugary means plaque. These bacteria can create acids that eat away at your teeth and also dry your mouth out. If not possible to abstain from soda, follow one up with some water at least.
Another fairly regular mouth-foe would be candy. Not only can candy have the same sugary and detrimental effects as soda, but can also cause chipping due to how hard it is. Try sugarless alternatives, if possible, and avoid biting down to ensure a sustained sweet smile.
Lastly, a coffee every once and a while is not the worst for you in its natural form. When sugar and other ingredients are added or consumed too frequently- decay and staining can be the caffeinated catastrophe that results.
Avoiding or cutting back on these dietary detriments, alongside daily at-home tooth care and regular appointments with your Westchester NY dentist are the best ways to ensure you have a bright smile. Make an appointment today by calling (914) 939-2132.