Sweet food destroys teeth – everyone knows it. But it is not the only type of food to negatively affect the condition of our oral cavity. Learn about the “silent killers” of a beautiful smile.
Coloured and sweet beverages contain high amounts of sugar as well as acids which have a negative effect on your teeth. They are to blame for enamel erosion or dental caries. Replace coke, sodas and flavoured liquids with mineral water. It is healthier!
Popular salty snacks consist mainly of starch which decomposes in the saliva into simple sugars detrimental to the teeth. This is not the only problem though. Remnants of crisps dwell between the teeth and are difficult to remove. Hard crisps, in turn, may harm the gums. Savoury snacks may be replaced with roasted vegetables. A carrot, beetroot or parsley are not that bad at all. Believe us!
Toffees, caramels and lollipops are among the most harmful ones.
Everybody’s favourite energising black beverage harmfully affects the natural colour of teeth. Coffee causes discolouration and due to its acidic pH may foster the growth of bacteria in the oral cavity, which leads to development of dental caries.
Teeth discolouration is not the only worry of the smoker. Smoking contributes to the development of dental plague, periodontitis and reduces the amount of saliva produced, resulting in prolonged dryness in the mouth. Would you like to have a healthy and beautiful smile? Our advice is simple – quit smoking.
Sweet bars, chocolates, hard candies contain a large amount of sugars which are food for bacteria. Toffees and caramel candies are considered the most harmful ones. Other smile busters are hard candies, such as lollipops, which may damage the enamel and cause chipping of a tooth.
Sometimes quitting all bad eating habits is difficult, but the small steps method works perfectly well also in this case. Excluding one product at a time is not drastic for the body and surely will bring the expected outcome. One should not forget about regular teeth brushing either, best after each meal. If a paste and toothbrush are not at hand, it is good at least to rinse your mouth with mineral water or fluoride mouthwash.