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Many people know that sugars in foods and drinks are bad for your teeth. But why? Sugars can be converted into acids that damage tooth enamel. Therefore, it stands to reason that naturally acidic foods also damage your teeth.

The best method to lower your risk for tooth enamel loss and tooth decay is to avoid acidic foods. Such food and drink includes citrus fruits, soft drinks, sour candy, juices, alcoholic drinks, and many others.

Another option–if you can’t imagine cutting those foods out entirely–is to never eat acidic foods alone as a snack. If you must enjoy an acidic treat, include it in a larger meal, which will help neutralize the effects of the acids. Drinking plenty of water is also a great idea!

Another way to protect from acids is with your body’s natural defence: saliva. Saliva can wash away the acids present in foods, as well as harmful bacteria and plaque. By chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes after meals, you can help promote saliva production and lower your risk of cavities. Don’t chew sugared gum, as the sugars present in the gum feed the bacteria that cause tooth decay.

The better your diet is, the better your mouth and body will both look and feel. Of course, there are many instructions on what is the “best” diet choice; aim for a balance specific to your needs. Remember to include your oral health in your decision making!

If you are interested in an appointment at Christopher Bernardini in Staten Island, New York, call us as 718-987-4040. Dr. Christopher Bernardini and our team want to ensure your teeth stay happy for a lifetime to come.