Healthy Diet, Unhealthy Teeth

iStock_Mouth Biting Apple_ExtraSmallWe are always striving to better ourselves whether it’s a new workout or a new diet plan. Our society is all about self-improving, DIYs, and “going green”. With so many new ideas and sources to follow, how do you know what is truly good for your overall health? Of course eating more fruits and veggies will always be better for your diet, but many may not consider the effects that changing our diets can have on other parts of your health, like your teeth!

Some common foods that are all the rage may have negative effects on your teeth. Here are some things to think about before eating some of these “superfoods”:

  • Cracking a tooth: Popcorn is a great low-cal snack and a newfound superfood. Though the popped pieces are soft and melt away in your mouth, it’s the unpopped kernels and kernel slivers that cause issues. Accidently chomping down on a kernel can crack a tooth in a second, not to mention those pesky pieces of kernel that get lodged down into your gums. If not flossed out quickly, those pieces can cause inflamed, red gums and an infection.
  • Acidic foods that erode enamel: Green Smoothies are trending and proving to be a great source of your daily fruit and veggie intake. Leafy greens aren’t too tasty on their own, so the addition of fruits is usually a must. This addition of fruits, though, adds fruit acids and fructose (fruit sugar). Both are normally okay in small dosages, but the high concentration in smoothies and being in a liquid form can cause tooth erosion and decay. The key is to keep the fruit content down and try drinking through a straw to avoid the juice sticking to the tooth surface.
  • Staining your teeth: Beetroot is high in fiber and a great source for vitamins A and B. Unfortunately, this vegetable is one of the worst foods to stain your teeth! Instead of juicing this veggie in a full glass all by itself, try mixing it with other fruits and veggies or just eating it as a whole. When considering other things that can stain your teeth, imagine a white t-shirt. Would that item stain a white T? If you answered yes, then it will probably stain your teeth too!

Before you join that next diet plan or add some new foods to your diet, be sure to do your research! If you have questions about the health of your teeth or concerns about your oral health, be sure to visit Dr. Dave in our Boise, Idaho location. Call our office today, (208) 402-1040.

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