How Tooth Health Can Affect Your Overall HealthIf you are someone who wants to keep your smile right where it is, it is time to watch what you eat. Avoiding cavities through skipping candy is not just heresay, and if you are someone who wants to make sure that you are keeping your teeth in good condition, these are the foods that you should pass up.

 

Jelly Beans

 

Jelly beans are lovely, but the truth of the matter is that they are among the worst things for your teeth. Not only are they full of sugar, the sticky interior creates a coating that sticks to your teeth long after you have finished your snack. Skip the jelly beans, or if you want to keep eating them, brush your teeth immediately afterwards. Sugar that sticks to your teeth is one way to ensure cavities.

 

Dried Fruit

 

It seems unfair. Dried fruit is a fantastic source of natural sugar, and it provides a great energy boost to you when you are down. However, when it comes to the health of your teeth, dried fruit has many of the same problems as jelly beans. The exterior is coated with tons of sugar, and in the inside is sticky. Instead of reaching for the dried fruit, instead pick up something fresh!

 

Wine

 

While you might know to avoid soda, what is your stance on wine? Wine, both red and white, contains acids that are known to corrode teeth. Over time, repeated drinking will soften your enamel. On top of that, red wine is also known to stain teeth and to dry out your mouth, two things that may result in a dentist’s visit sooner rather than later.

 

Citrus Fruits

 

Citrus is great for you, but dentists caution that you should enjoy it in moderation. People who suck on lemon or lime wedges are actually doing themselves a disservice. The citric acid weakens and softens their enamel, something that leads to corrosion much sooner than you think.

 

Crackers

 

Crackers as a dentistry no-no may be a surprise to you, but this is new information to most people too. More and more studies are looking at the effects of refined carbohydrates on the body, and what they’re finding is that carbs can lead to inflammation, especially in the cases of periodontitis and gingivitis.

 

If you are someone who wants to make sure that you are taking good care of your teeth, take a moment and look at what you are eating. You don’t need dental marketing to tell you that sugary foods will cause cavities. This is something that can help you get a clean bill of health at your next dentist’s visit.

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