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Your oral health is impacted by more than just the way you clean your teeth. The food and drink you choose to consume also affect your smile! Here are some common culprits of food-caused damage to your teeth:

– Acidic, Sugary and Starchy Foods: Acid is the main culprit for dental erosion, cavities, and many other dental emergencies. Some foods contain natural acid (think citrus fruits, pickles, tomatoes, coffee, and alcohol). Try combining these foods with proteins to lower the net acidity of the meal. Bacteria can also convert foods with sugar and simple carbohydrates to acid in your mouth. These starchy foods include such things as soda, desserts, candies, white bread, pasta and potato chips.

– Sticky and Chewy Foods: Foods that stick to your teeth can do a lot of damage to your tooth enamel. If you munch on sticky or chewy foods, be ready to clean your mouth afterward. It helps to chew sugar-free gum afterward for 20 minutes to promote saliva flow, which cleans teeth.

– Foods that Dry Out Your Mouth: Saliva is your best natural defense against dental emergencies such as tooth decay. Saliva washes away food particles and plaque; it also contains minerals that strengthen your enamel. Be aware that, counterintuitively, some beverages will actually dry out your mouth. These include such drinks as alcohol, soda, coffee and energy drinks. Avoid these beverages as much as possible.

We’d love to help you maintain your gorgeous smile. To schedule an appointment in Indianapolis, Indiana, call Monon Family Dental at 317-810-9285. Dr. Zachary Allmand and our team look forward to seeing you!