Every day we consume a variety of foods without truly knowing the impact they can have on our teeth. You should know that when you are feeding the gastronome in you, you are also feeding the bacteria which slowly but surely attack your teeth one day at a time. In this blog, we will focus particularly on your gums and tell you about the foods that are harmful in the long run.
You may already know that lemons, limes, oranges, and grapefruits are a rich source of Vitamin C but what you probably didn't know is that their acidic nature and high natural fruit sugar can affect your gums negatively by eroding them slowly. One way to subvert this is by consuming other non-acidic sources of Vitamin C, such as asparagus and broccoli, or fruits like honeydew melon, kiwi, and cantaloupe.
For most of us, white bread is a go-to food for breakfast and at times when you're craving a nice sandwich. They are well known to cure that hunger pang of yours but at a cost. White bread is known to be full of starches that stick to your teeth and turn the carbohydrates sugars that bacteria thrive on. This can often lead to gum problems and gradual tooth decay.
This is something the athletes need to know. Sports drinks provide a burst of energy when you feel like there's no more energy to go on. But, on a subtler level, they are also undermining your oral health with their high acid content. According to Listerine, a study from 2012 showed that the acids attack gums and teeth when they are used for more than five consecutive days at a time. One way to remedy this is to switch to drinks with low sugar content or pivot towards the water.
Ice Cream is comfort food we all love to indulge in from time to time. But like most sodas and cookies, they are known to contain sugars that slowly turn into acids and lodge in your gums, and slowly contribute to the erosion of the gums. You can avoid suffering the ill effects by rinsing the mouth twice a day, brush right after, or avoid sugars altogether.
Acids from sugary and starchy food are always a concern for oral health. It is advisable to either consume them in moderation or follow a stringent dental care routine to maintain peak teeth and gum health.