Things That Can Cause Tooth Decay
Most of us know that poor dental hygiene can increase the risk of tooth decay and cavities, but you may be surprised to learn that some seemingly innocuous activities and substances can also increase your risk. Read on to learn more about how you can keep your smile healthy and free of decay.
Cold and allergy medicines can keep you comfortable and sneeze-free, but they can dry your mouth as well. Saliva has an important role to play when it comes to keeping your teeth healthy: it both rinses away risky oral bacteria and helps remineralize teeth. As saliva dries up, your teeth can be more at risk. Chew sugarless gum, drink water frequently and talk to our dentist about a saliva replacement product.
- Sports drinks and juices
While a tasty treat, these beverages can seriously damage your teeth. Sports drinks and juices contain a dangerous combination of acid and sugar, which strip the enamel from your teeth. Limit your intake of these beverages to reduce the risk.
- Diet sodas
While diet sodas do not contain sugar, they can be even more acidic than regular sodas. Cut your intake of soft drinks, and use a straw when you do indulge.
- Chewable vitamins
While chewable vitamins are becoming more popular for people of all ages, they often contain large amounts of sugar to make them more palatable. Look for sugar-free versions of your favorites, and avoid gummy vitamins or chewy vitamins, which are more likely to stick to the surface of your teeth.
Many of us enjoy a diet rich in grains and other carbohydrates, but the wrong type of carbohydrates can stick to your teeth and create a toxic situation for your smile. Avoid white bread, sugary snacks, dried fruits and other common sweet treats. Instead, reach for whole grains such as brown rice or fresh fruits, which contain more water to rinse away oral bacteria and debris.