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Foods Terrible for Your Teeth

By Sara Butler

It's universally acknowledged that certain foods, such as soda and candy, are bad for your teeth. The problem is, there are some foods that are far sneakier foods that can cause damage to your pearly whites. Healthy teeth are a big part of the picture of your overall health. Here are some foods you should be careful eating in order to ensure the health of your teeth. A few of them may surprise you!

Certain Salad Dressings

Be careful when using salad dressings that contain an acid of some sort, such as lemon, when enjoying your salad. Acids that haven't been cooked can be bad for the enamel on your teeth. That doesn't mean you shouldn't enjoy your salad or that you need to stop using your salad dressing, but you should eat it as efficiently as possible and then rinse your mouth out with water soon after you've finished.

Foods High In Carbohydrates

Foods that stick to your teeth are usually also bad for your teeth. That's because the stuck foods will eventually be turned by the saliva in your mouth into sugar and that can increase the growth of bacteria in your mouth that can lead to cavities and gum disease.

You should work to limit foods that are high in carbohydrates in your diet. When you do enjoy them, then make sure to brush your teeth when you're finished.

Citrus Fruits

Citrus fruits are good for you and you shouldn't stop making them a part of your complete diet. But, it's important to understand that they can have a negative impact on your teeth. These foods are highly acidic and they're bad for your enamel.

Solve this easily by making sure to rinse your mouth out with water after you're done with your favorite citrus fruit.

Sparkling Water

Sparkling water is all the rage right now. And why wouldn't it be? It's usually calorie-free and a better alternative to soda if you like to drink something fizzy. However, many flavored waters have added flavors such as citric acid that can erode the enamel on your teeth if you drink several each day.

If you love sparkling water, then try opting for plain. It doesn't have the added stuff that flavored water does.

Your teeth need to be cared for. As long as you know what certain foods do to them and how to counteract that impact, then you should be fine.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Shiloh, Ill.

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