It’s widely known that sticky candy and gooey cakes and cookies threaten the health and appearance of your teeth. You might be surprised to learn that certain healthy foods are also detrimental to teeth, and should be enjoyed only in moderation. Here, Dr. Darian Hampton, a dentist at the Hamptons Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, pulls back the curtain on foods that may put your teeth at risk.
(Note: a serving or two of these foods won’t ruin your teeth, but eating them in large quantities — and without brushing your teeth afterward — is ill-advised.)
Ice is sugar-free and calorie-free. Nevertheless, those aren’t good reasons to chew on it regularly. Chomping on ice can easily break or crack a tooth, causing pain and requiring a dental restoration like a ceramic dental crown.
Corn on the Cob
A classic summertime treat, corn on the cob is risky for your teeth. Biting into corn on the cob can loosen or crack fillings or dental sealants or ruin orthodontia. It can also dislodge dentures.
You may think to yourself, it’s just fruit, what’s the harm? But actually, dried fruits — like plums, apricots and raisins — are loaded with sugar. Also, according to Prevention, dried fruit contains non-soluble cellulose fiber, which may bind and trap sugars to the tooth (similar to the way saltwater fatty does). Choose fresh fruit instead!
Better than soda? Yes. But lemonade packs a double punch: not only is it full of sugar, but the citric acid in lemons is also destructive to the teeth. Skip the soda and the lemonade and stick with water.
Speaking of lemons, let’s talk about citrus fruits in general. Grapefruits and oranges contain acids that can strip away tooth enamel. There’s no need to eliminate these fruits from your diet; simply brush your teeth right after enjoying them.
Every movie lover has experienced the nagging feeling of getting a sliver of popcorn kernel stuck in between two teeth. An even bigger threat is un-popped kernels, which are strong enough to crack or break a tooth in two.
Curry powder is highly pigmented and may stain teeth over time. To avoid tooth discoloration, drink plenty of water with your curry dish. If your teeth are already stained, consider teeth whitening treatment with Dr. Hampton.
Have Questions about Your Oral Health?
Dr. Hampton and the team at the Hamptons Family & Cosmetic Dentistry are committed to keeping patients’ teeth strong, healthy and beautiful. If you would like to schedule an oral health evaluation or discuss your cosmetic dentistry needs with Dr. Hampton, please contact us by calling (972) 395-9292.