Protect Your Teeth and Gums From Dangerous Sweets

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Your oral health care is our main priority at Ifantis Dental Care. We strive to do everything we can to keep your smile at its best. For the times that we cannot physically assist you on a daily basis, we can assist you with helpful reminders and guidelines to follow so that you can protect your teeth and gums from the comfort of your own home. Knowing what food and drinks to avoid is a great place to start in your ongoing battle against tooth decay and gum disease.

Protect your teeth and gums from dangerous sweets. Be on the lookout for the following risks from what you eat:

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, sports drinks, and various snacks.

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.

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.

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.

Don’t let bad habits ruin your smile. If you need an oral exam or professional cleaning by our dentist at Ifantis Dental Care or would like to 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!