Learn how to prevent tooth damage from these 5 common products
Time Magazine recently shed some light on a few unexpected things that may be harming your teeth. Fortunately, they also provided solutions to keep your smile in perfect health.
- Although marketed as a health trend, juicing can be bad for your teeth. Why? The answer is sugar. Most cold-pressed juices are packed with it; some even contain a higher sugar content than smoothies or sodas. Lingering sugar on your teeth attracts bacteria which produces an acid that then eats away at your tooth enamel. You can still enjoy your juicy lifestyle if you take two simple precautions: drink through a straw and wait at least 45 minutes before brushing your teeth to avoid further damage to the enamel.
- Another popular trend that encourages people to be healthier, gummy vitamins, is also harming their teeth. The same culprit is responsible here: sugar. The sweetness that makes chewable vitamins so appealing is the same thing that hurts your teeth. As sad as it is, your best bet is to avoid the chewy trend and take your vitamins in pill form.
- Barbecuing. Or rather, the delicious sauce we all know and love. You’ll never guess what this sweet stuff is chocked-full of. Yes, once again, sugar is your smile’s enemy. But if you just can’t enjoy summer without the sauce, try swiping a very thin coat of petroleum jelly over your teeth before consuming the sweet stuff to provide a protective barrier for your teeth.
- While there are many fresh fruits that offer tons of good nutrients for you and your smile, dried fruit is usually cured with lots and lots of sugar. What makes this worse is the non-cellulose fiber which traps the sugar around your teeth. Brush and floss as soon as possible after eating dried fruit to keep your smile shiny.
- While red wine is notorious for staining your teeth, white wine contains acids which will attack and break down your tooth enamel. Don’t worry, you’ll love the solution: eat more cheese with your wine to let the protein, calcium, and phosphorus protect your teeth.
Dr. Sid K. Steadman D.D.S., wants you to feel confident in your smile, and that means taking care of your tooth health. To speak to a representative or schedule an appointment, call our office at (512) 259-3365 today.