What to Avoid for Healthier Teeth

What to Avoid for Healthier TeethSome of your everyday habits may be hurting your teeth. While you may brush, floss, and visit us every six months, if you are regularly engaging in any of these habits, you could be setting yourself up for cavities, gum disease, and other dental problems.

1. Juice
Fruit juice is a tasty source of many important vitamins, but it is also high in sugar and acid, which erodes the enamel on your teeth. Juice also does not contain any of the fiber your body needs to stay healthy. The next time you have a sweet craving, reach for a piece of fresh fruit rather than juice for a less-concentrated version of your favorite treat, or mix your juice with water to cut the acid.

2. Muffins, granola bars, and bagels
Convenient breakfasts for busy people, these foods are full of sugar, and their starchy texture causes them to stick to your teeth. This gives oral bacteria more fuel, which can increase your risk of gum disease or decay. Instead, grab a natural yogurt, low-sugar cereal, or a hard-boiled egg for a fast, easy breakfast that you can carry anywhere.

3. Diet sodas
Reaching for a diet soda instead of a regular soda can help you save unwanted calories and sugar, but diet sodas contain acids just like their regular counterparts. The acids can erode your teeth, and the artificial dyes can leave behind unattractive stains.

Give us a call today to learn more about ways you can keep your teeth healthy or to schedule your next checkup with Dr. Frame, our dentist in Santa Clara.

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