The best way to avoid needing emergency dental services in our Perth office is to take care of your teeth through good oral hygiene, regular appointments and watching what you eat and drink. Most of our patients do a great job of brushing, flossing and keeping regular appointments. However, it can be difficult to avoid things that are bad for your teeth. Here is a guide on what to avoid.
Whether in juices or eaten whole, citrus fruits have a high acidic content. The citric acid can wreak havoc on your tooth enamel. Grapefruits and lemons are the worst, while oranges and orange juice are tolerable as long as you are sure to rinse and brush after eating oranges or drinking orange juice.
Caramels and other chewy candies are bad for you because they can stick to and between your teeth. It is easy for the bacteria in your mouth to feed on the sugar. The byproduct is acid that attacks your tooth enamel and causes cavities.
Hard candy isn’t that much better for you than chewy candy, because it sits in your mouth for extended periods of time. In addition, a lot of hard candies already contain citric acid, so you get two different acids attacking your enamel.
Pickles produce an acid that is bad for your tooth enamel. Are you sensing a pattern here? Occasional pickles won’t harm your teeth, but a lot of people eat them every day, which can make teeth twice as likely to wear.
Soft Drinks and Sport Drinks
Soft drinks, such as Coke, contain both citric acid and phosphoric acid. If they are not diet drinks, they contain sugar. Sport drinks can be even worse. In the US, a study found that the worst beverages for your teeth are, in order, Gatorade, Red Bull, Coke and Diet Coke.
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