Just as unhealthy diet and a wide range of bad habits influence our general health and body condition by promoting various health issues, all of these risk factors influence our dental health as well. Since our teeth are the first to make contact with all the foods and drinks we take on a daily basis, the major risk potential lies in our diet. Further, there are some hazardous habits, such as smoking and alcohol consumption. Combined with poor oral hygiene and avoiding visitations to your dentist, this is a perfect terrain for many dental and oral health problems to emerge. Thus, here’s a list of detrimental foods and drinks and some habits and activities you should avoid to maintain your teeth healthy and long-lasting.
One of the major suspects for teeth decaying and dental cavities are various types of carbohydrates and concentrated sugars. Opposite to the effect on your body weight, it’s more important how frequent you consume these nutrients than how much you take per one meal. Not all sugars are equally detrimental. Sucrose and cooked starches, both often found in fast food, candies, crisps, and chips are the most dangerous. Since digestion of carbohydrates begins in oral cavity under the influence of saliva enzymes, long exposure to high concentrations of these sugars will lead to significant decrease of pH values in your mouth. Low pH levels promote demineralization of enamel and also create adequate terrain for bacteria growth. Thus, to avoid this hazardous effect, you should avoid these foods, decrease the total intake of concentrated sugars, both in foods and drinks, and rather opt for sugars found in fruits and fruit juices.
Stickiness of foods
Some sorts of food tend to stick to the teeth surface, and simple saliva flow cannot remove them effectively. After you’ve had a meal rich in these foods, the best is to brush your teeth after eating. Food sticking to your enamel directly attacks the superficial components of teeth by reducing pH values and providing nutrients for bacteria development. This enhances decaying and cavities emerging. However, if you can’t brush your teeth right after eating, there are too protective options. Use sugar-free gum and chew it for a while. It will mechanically remove the majority of food particles stuck among teeth, and it will also stimulate saliva secretion that will prevent significant changes in pH value and suppress bacteria growth. Another option is to consume sufficient amount of water containing fluoride or even to floss your teeth with it after eating.
Bad habits to avoid
Certainly, the most detrimental habit regarding dental health is smoking. Chewing tobacco is no less hazardous than common smoking. Aside yellowing effect caused by plaques on teeth surface, smoking decreases the overall quality of teeth material and promotes malignant alterations in the oral cavity. Some medications have a similar effect. If you can’t avoid using these, at least pay more attention to your oral hygiene and visit your dentist more frequently.