Avoid these acidic foods and beverages

Your daily diet plays a distinct role in the health of your smile. Eating a healthy diet low in sugars and acids can reduce damage to natural tooth enamel, which can cause erosion and sensitivity. Anything left behind can contribute to the formation of cavities and periodontal disease. Brushing and flossing are not the only ways to care for your smile, and now it is time to take an honest look at your diet and determine if there are foods and beverages you are consuming that may also be impacting the smile.

Below are just a few acidic foods to avoid, as recommended by the team at Taylor Street Dental of Springfield, MA:

  • High acid beverages. High-acid beverages such as lemonade, energy drinks, fruit juices, and soda. Make the switch with healthier drink choices such as water, milk, or even unsweetened tea to maintain proper oral health.
  • Condiments. Many condiments, such as ketchup and mustard, have acidic ingredients that can impact the smile, including tomatoes, sugars, and vinegar. Consider skipping condiments or using some that are healthier for your teeth and body!
  • High-sugar foods. For those who have a sweet tooth, it is vital that you be selective in the candies and sweets that you enjoy on a regular basis. Chocolate, sweet desserts, and sticky candies should be enjoyed in moderation, as regular indulgence can impact your smile and increase the risk of cavities, also known as tooth decay.
  • Tomatoes. Tomatoes are a high-acid food that can eat away natural tooth enamel. It can be found in hot sauces, salsas, and pasta sauces. When enjoying this food, be sure to wash them down with water as you eat to minimize the time tomatoes are in contact with the teeth.
  • Alcohol. Alcohols such as wine can not only contribute to tooth decay, but they can also stain the teeth. Drink alcohol in moderation, and remember to brush after meals to reduce the risk of cavities.

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At Taylor Street Dental, we welcome you to book an appointment at our Springfield, MA, office to learn more about caring for your smile. Call 413-781-7645 to request a visit with Drs. Peck, Homsi, Tyra, and Seo.

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