Other than providing you with energy, food is meant to make you healthy and happy, so don’t stress too much about what you eat as long as you follow a few basic principles which will help your body – including your teeth and gums stay healthy.

It’s better to avoid substances that have an extremely negative effect on your overall health (like soda), but even if you can’t eat 100% clean all the time, following these principles will at least help your teeth and your gums stay healthier for longer.

• Your mouth needs a rest, so don’t munch on snacks all the time. Leave sufficient time for your mouth to recover and for saliva to naturally replenish minerals to your teeth. Keep your food intake to 3-5 times a day and let your mouth rest between meals.

• To minimize the danger of certain foods and drinks that we will be going over on the “Foods That Are Bad For Your Teeth” list, try to consume them as a part of a meal, rather than on their own.

• Brushing after a meal is of course, always a great option. Just remember to wait 20 minutes if you’ve consumed highly acidic foods that have weakened your enamel.

• If possible, always rinse your mouth with water after a meal and drinks lots of water throughout the day as well.

• Use a straw when drinking highly acidic beverages to minimize their contact with your teeth.

Let’s look at the first item on our list, and remember there is plenty more to come if you stay tuned and up to date on our blog section. We will be posting one new item to cut out of your diet or try to avoid throughout this series.

  1. ICE

Sure, ice is sugar-free—but if you tend to chew on the cubes once you’ve finished a beverage, they can cause major damage. Nibbling on ice is a major no-no as it can easily crack or break your teeth. You’d be surprised at how many people think ice is good for their teeth.

It’s made of water, after all, and doesn’t contain any sugar
or other additives. But chewing on hard substances can leave your teeth vulnerable to a dental emergency and damage enamel. Instead, enjoy water in it’s liquid form and get in that habit of drinking it instead of chewing it!

Continue following our blog series to find out more foods that you should avoid in order to keep your teeth, your gums and your entire body happy and healthy.