Dr. Elizabeth Miller and our Smiles Dental team want you to have the best and most successful oral health possible, which is why we strongly recommend that you avoid eating foods that are harmful to your teeth. Some harmful foods that can alter your oral health include:
-Empty-calorie foods: Empty-calorie foods, like candy, sweets, and chips, are a cause for dental concern—not only because they have no nutritional value, but also because of the amount of sugar they contain. The bacteria in your mouth feed off these sugars and promote tooth decay.
-Sugary drinks: Sugary drinks are very harmful to your smile because drinking them is like giving your teeth a sugar bath. So, please avoid drinking drinks like soda, lemonade, juice, sweetened coffee, and tea and drink as much water as possible.
-Acidic foods: Acidic foods, like tomatoes and acidic fruits, have an acidic effect on tooth enamel. If you consume too many acidic foods, your enamel will be attacked and it will begin to wear away, leaving your smile vulnerable to major dental issues. So, please eat acidic foods with a meal rather than by themselves.
If you avoid these tooth-harming foods in Milwaukie, Oregon, and do your best to have a healthy and balanced diet, then you are on the right track toward a healthy and successful smile. For more information and details, please feel free to call our office at 503.342.8500 and talk to your dentist or a member of our dental team. We are more than happy to help you in any way we can!