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The foods we eat and the drinks we consume could be harming our teeth without us even knowing it. Combined with harmful bacteria that may be in our mouths, various food particles can be broken down into acids that damage our teeth, or even accumulate into plaque buildup. Brushing and flossing alone may not be enough to keep our teeth safe from an onslaught of unhealthy sweets, so it is important to limit what you consume as well.

Make your oral health your priority this year. Avoid or limit the following food and drinks:

Sticky or Hard Snacks: Sticky candy such as taffy or gummies, along with hard candy such as candy canes and lollipops can damage our teeth or can be difficult to remove via daily cleaning habits. Other easily stuck foods in our mouths include popcorn, various meat products, caramels, peanut butter, and jelly.

Acidic Foods: Many types of sour candy have a pH level comparable to battery acid, so avoidance of them is a must. In addition, even some healthy foods can be extremely acidic, such as lemons and oranges, so be sure to eat them with meals to dilute the acids in them.

Fermentable carbohydrates: Fermentable carbohydrates are carbs that be broken down in our mouths into acids that can eat away at our tooth enamel. These include nearly all types of sugar such as high fructose corn syrup as well as starchy items such as donuts and white bread.

Sugary Sweets: Sugar is used by bad bacteria in our mouths and converted into acids which can eat away at our tooth enamel. Foods packed with sugar include candy, soft drinks, juices, cookies, cakes, sport drinks, and various snacks.

Don’t let bad habits ruin your smile. If you need an oral exam or professional cleaning at Ifantis Dental Care or would like book an appointment with Dr. John Ifantis, call us at (847) 268.4998, to schedule a visit to our office in Morton Grove, Illinois. We look forward to making your smile the best it can be!