In today’s super healthy society, nutritionists, doctors and dentists are telling us what we can and cannot eat. For many of us this may seem frustrating because what we think is good for us actually turns out to be quite detrimental to our health. Dentists in particular urge us to take proper care of our teeth by telling us to avoid a number of foods and drinks.
However, there are 5 particular foods that are harmful to our teeth; these foods are what others may consider dietary aids. They include:
1. Dried fruit/citrus fruits
Fruit itself is naturally high in sugar content and although dried fruits are classified as a healthy alternative, they’re not exactly ideal for your teeth. Some companies who issue dried fruits are even known to place extra sugar into the fruits to make them more enjoyable.
The central reason dried fruits are bad for you is because they stick to the surface of the teeth. What’s more, they manage to find a way into the spaces between the teeth and remain there releasing their sugar content, until they’re finally removed.
Citrus fruits including limes, lemons and oranges contain high acidic content. The acid directly attacks the enamel of the teeth, making it become weak and thus promoting sensitive teeth.
2. Al dente pasta
Weight-watchers tend to opt for al dente pasta in order to better their digestive system and maintain a sense of control. However, they may be unaware of its destructing impacts to the teeth.
Al dente pasta is more likely to become lodged in between the teeth and although it doesn’t taste sweet it does cause direct damage. This is because the starch within the pasta will begin converting to sugar almost immediately, which is activated by the enzymes found in the mouths saliva.
You may be surprised to know that health cereals, such as granola, are actually full of sugar content. It is important to check sugar levels on cereal packaging before you purchase it and to brush the teeth once the cereal has been consumed, in the morning. This is because cereal tends to leave a sticky residue on the front of the teeth.
When we think of what we need to eliminate from our diets, we automatically think of sweets, cakes and sugary drinks. I bet most of you don’t consider bread, right?
Well, unfortunately, regular consumption of particular breads can lead to the development of dental cavities. This is because the yeast and carbohydrates found inside white bread in particular, contains high sugar content. It is therefore very important to avoid processed white bread and opt for brown brands instead. This can be easily avoidable if the labels are checked correctly for sugar content levels.
5. Cough Lozenges
Not something you’d really consider a food but cough lozenges do serve as health aids. Cough lozenges are great for easing sore throats and clearing the airways.
However, cough lozenges are full of unnecessary levels of sugar; this is to ensure the consumer finds them pleasant when eating them. A number of lozenges promote the over-drying of the mouth, which means less salvia. It is well documented that the production of saliva minimises dental decay so it is important to drink the correct amount of water per day. A dry mouth can also increase the risk of gum disease, which may lead to further dental problems in the future. For more information on this, check out the dhealth website.
If you require cough lozenges then it would be advisable to look for the sugar-free options, they may not taste as nice but they’re less harmful for your teeth.