Reactions to Foods

4 Ways Our Teeth React to Certain Foods

How eager are you to keep your teeth and gums healthy? Sure, there are now advanced solutions for the worst cases of tooth problems, but are you willing to wait for those problems to take place before paying attention to your oral health?

One way you might be overlooking your dental health is through your diet. What you eat has a huge impact on your teeth, and your diet may be the main cause of your major oral problems. So let’s have a look at how some foods may be harming your health:

Plaque buildup increases when you eat sticky foods.

Sticky foods can make the saliva viscous, allowing plaque and bacteria to coat the teeth in a thicker consistency. They also stay on the tooth surface longer because of the adhesive effect.

Tooth enamel weakens when you eat acidic foods.

Acid can erode the tooth enamel and cause demineralization, the natural deterioration of the tooth surface. Although the enamel can remineralize after a few minutes, eating acidic foods can demineralize teeth faster and deeper, allowing bacteria to create cavities faster.

Teeth can get stained when you eat dark-colored foods.

Some of the major causes of tooth discoloration are coffee, red wine, red pasta sauce, tomato sauce, and other dark-pigmented foods. To keep discoloration to a minimum, you should always drink water after eating these foods so that it will flush away the pigments and prevent them from sticking on the tooth surface.

Your oral health can be improved by eating tooth-friendly foods.

While sticky, sugary, acidic, and dark-colored foods have a negative effect on teeth, there are also those which have the biggest oral health benefits. Cheese, milk, and other dairy products are rich in calcium and they can help in strengthening tooth enamel and promoting remineralization.

Crunchy fruits and vegetables like apples, pears, carrots, and cucumbers have high water content which neutralizes acidity and cleanses the teeth, while their fiber content sweeps away the bacteria and plaque on the tooth surface. Eating these foods on a daily basis can help maintain your dental health and also minimize the risk of oral infections.

To know more about how food affects your teeth, you can visit Star Dental Institute and get a consultation with our head dentist, Dr. Gary Moore. He will give you some tips and advice to maintain a tooth-friendly diet and prevent food-caused oral problems.

You can also contact us in Colorado Springs for any questions you may have about our dental services. Our dental team is always ready to assist you.

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