Worse Than Candy: Other Foods That Wreck Your Teeth

Watch These Everyday Food and Drinks

We all know that candy is bad for the teeth. The high sugar content of candies can build up as plaque on tooth surfaces, even under the gums. Later bacteria attacks the plaque and turn them acidic, and can eventually lead to cavities and tooth decay. Little did you know that there are far more dangerous food stuffs out there worse than candy.

What’s Worse than Candy?

Just as bad as candies is eating dried fruits; they have a high sugar content and are very sticky, tending to adhere much longer on tooth surfaces. They can also get stuck in-between teeth. Skip the dried variety and opt for fresh fruits instead. Another culprit is soda. A 12-ounce can of soda has 39 grams of sugar, about ten teaspoons. Soda is also very acidic. Bottled juice can also be acidic and often contains added sugars, as much as ten teaspoons per serving. It would be better to make your own fresh fruits instead.

Pasta sauce is acidic. Tomatoes, which make up most pasta sauces, are healthy, but they’re also acidic. Eating tomato sauce with spaghetti enhances the damage to the enamel of teeth. The acid in the sauce can break down the enamel and the carbs in pasta help feed cavity-causing bacteria. Another is apple cider vinegar. While it has detoxifying properties, it is high in acidity and can erode enamel quickly. If apple cider is part of your regimen, always dilute it with water, drink it in one sitting, and rinse well afterward.

Coffee and tea are both acidic and diuretic, which means they can dry your mouth. A dry mouth makes you more prone to cavities and gum disease. Popular blended coffee drinks is even worse because of all the added sugar. Protect your teeth by swishing with water afterward. Beer, wine, hard liquor, and cocktails can also do damage. Beer has carbs which can turn acidic, wine is sugary and so are cocktails. Also, remember, the higher the alcohol content of the drink, the more it can dry the mouth. Check the USDA for the nutrient content of foods.

Other foods that can pose a danger to your teeth that are worse than candy, are gummy vitamins, flavored chips, cough drops and flavored yogurt.

Advising Moderation in Bellingham

Ask Dr. Tetrick, your Bellingham dentist, what other foods and drinks considered to be harmful to teeth and gums. While what we’ve mentioned are favorites, moderation, if not avoidance, is key to oral health.

Taking Good Care of Your Dental Fillings

With or Without Fillings: Dental Care is A Must

Today’s restorative dentistry boasts of several dental filling materials available – gold; porcelain; silver amalgam (which comprises mercury mixed with silver, tin, zinc, and copper); or tooth-colored plastic, composite resin fillings and glass ionomer (contains glass particles).

Dental Fillings are Common

A study by the Information Centre for Health and Social Care showed that on average, 84% of adults have at least one filling, and a typical adult has an average of 7 fillings. Dental fillings are recommended by dentists; however, recent research published in the Journal of Dentistry claims that teeth on both sides of a new filling run the risk of decaying.

The possibility of otherwise healthy teeth, that are next-door neighbors to a tooth with a filling, running the risk of decay depends on two factors: how well the dentist performed the restoration, and how the patient takes care of his teeth.

Dental experts say that although restorations also have their limitations, in many cases they are the best available treatment for tooth decay. Patients should not postpone or avoid necessary dental treatment. Whether a tooth has a filling or not, tooth decay can be prevented or reduced by maintaining good oral hygiene. Patients and dentist should cooperate to put in place appropriate preventative measures.

Caring for the teeth whether they have fillings or not is the same. Regular dental visits can determine the soundness of a tooth and its filling material. The practice of correct and timely oral hygiene procedures, such as brushing and flossing, is also must. Diet modification may be advised if patients’ diet consists mostly of carbohydrates. Over consumption of these types of food can be detrimental to oral, as well as overall health.

Dentists advise that after a dental filling has been performed, patients must contact their dentist if the patient experiences continuous pain for over 30 minutes, the filling feels too high, or the filling is hit first when the patient bites down. These measures will ensure dental filling soundness at the very start. With the dentist having done a good restorative job, it is now up to the patient to clean his teeth, because no dentist can clean them for him.

Caring for Your Dental Fillings in Bellingham

Over at Dr Tetrick’s dental clinic in Bellingham, we ensure quality restorations for our patients so as to maintain sound fillings integrity and long-term benefits of our restoration materials.

Preventing Teeth Stains After Coffee

Tips for Coffee Lovers About Coffee Stains

There are many serious coffee drinkers out there who love coffee for itself. Health perks of coffee are just as serious. Coffee is proved to decrease your risk for diabetes and heart disease. It was also claimed that it makes you live longer. One downside of this very revered beverage is that it can also damage teeth.

Coffee, tea, and red wine, among others, contain staining substances called tannins. They are naturally occurring compounds found in plants that can stick to surfaces, including teeth. Since you cannot be stopped from drinking coffee, at least try to protect your teeth. If you practice good oral hygiene, then staining of teeth should not be an issue for you. Here are some tips to live by, all you coffee drinkers.

Just remember to brush your teeth. Better to brush after drinking coffee, however, it is recommended to brush twice a day, at least. Also, once-a-day flossing is a must to avoid the buildup of plaque.

Drink water immediately after drinking coffee. If you are not able to brush right away, take a tall glass of water after your coffee. It will surely wash away surface materials off your teeth while it hydrates the mouth. You can also choose to gargle with water and spit it out after. Remember that the more water you drink, the less time your teeth are exposed to the coffee and its tannins.

Try to sip your coffee instead of swishing it around your mouth. Sipping ensures that your teeth are in contact with coffee tannins for brief periods of time only. Do follow it up with a water gargle or drinking a glass of water.

Drink coffee through a straw. It can at least save your front teeth from getting stained though your back teeth may carry that burden. A straw helps move liquid past your front teeth, which are more visible when you smile and talk. Coffee can go straight down, as opposed to moving around in your mouth.

Can you skip the sugar?

It can do a lot for your gums and teeth. Enjoy in moderation, but if your teeth starts getting yellow with morning coffee, you might want to try black roast. Remember that sugars can latch onto teeth easily, leading to staining and tooth decay if not removed thoroughly by brushing.

For The Love of Coffee in Bellingham

Let your Bellingham dentist tell you more about coffee and coffee stains. Let’s help you enjoy your favorite beverages and yet, still take care of your pearly whites.