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It’s entirely possible that the foods and drinks you are consuming are contributing to future oral health problems for you. Your diet can be wreaking havoc on your teeth and gums without you even knowing. Not only can what you eat and drink damage your teeth in the present, but could set you up for oral health problems in the future. You can protect your smile by avoiding dangerous foods.

Some of the biggest offenders are those foods that contain sugar. Not only can sugar cause problems for your teeth, but it can also lead to many health issues in your body. Sugar reacts with bacteria in your mouth to create dangerous acids that can damage gum tissue and even tooth enamel. Once your tooth enamel is compromised, you are vulnerable to tooth decay, infection and even tooth loss.

Foods that are highly acidic can harm your teeth the same way sugar can. Do not consume acidic foods alone, but rather as part of a large meal to help to neutralize their acids. In addition, stay away from sour candy, as it is one of the most acidic products you can eat.

Be wary of products that are too hard or chewy for your teeth to handle. This includes hard candy, popcorn balls and kernels, candy apples, and other items that could potentially weaken, loosen, crack, or damage teeth.

In addition to watching your diet, you should brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss before bed. Regular visits with your dentist for cleanings and exams are also important parts of a strong oral health regimen.

If you would like to make an appointment with Dr. Doris Madrigal, you can reach our DM Family Dentistry in Round Lake Beach, Illinois, by calling 847-740-8827. Come in today, and show off your better smile tomorrow!