Did you know that in Aug it is National Dental Health Week? Whilst good oral hygiene is essential, so are your food and drink choices. You might be surprised at which foods can harm your teeth.
Diet Soft Drinks
Diet soft drinks may seem a safe choice, but the sugar is replaced with acids. These acids can easily erode tooth enamel, just like sugary drinks. If you do have a diet soft drink, then swish your mouth with water afterwards to help wash away the excess acid.
Potato chips look harmless, but they are carbohydrate-rich which is broken down into sugars. What’s worse is that often potato chips can remain stuck in between and around your teeth, increasing the risk of damage to tooth enamel.
Fruit is a healthy food choice, but once it’s dried, then the sugars become concentrated and extremely sticky. Fresh fruit is always a better option but otherwise, make sure you brush thoroughly after eating dried fruit.
Muesli and granola bars are tasty and packed with healthy ingredients, but all those ingredients are held together with sugar, even if it is in the form of honey.
If you do want to indulge in foods that are high in hidden sugars or acid, it’s better to eat them as part of a main meal when damage to your teeth is minimised.