If you need to indulge in foods and beverages that your intuition is telling you not to, you might want to read further to get a better grip as to what you consume and how it impacts your smile. Specific foods and beverages can stain your teeth, cause possible cracks in your teeth, or get unexpectedly caught between your teeth and lead to decay and cavities if left unattended. There are certain no-no’s in your meals that wreak havoc on your teeth, and they are as follows:
- Red wine
- Cranberry or grape fruit juices
- Curry or saffron powder
- Soy sauce
- Balsamic vinegar
- Blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries
- Coffee and black teas
- Colas and dark-tinted or colored sodas
- Potato chips, corn nuts, popcorn
- Candy and sticky or brittle foods
It’s not as if you need to completely avoid the above altogether, it’s more of an ‘everything in moderation’ motto.. There is also certain protocol you can follow to maintain a healthy white smile well into your golden years.
- Brushing and flossing on a regular basis – It’s recommended you practice both at least twice per day.
- Swish warm water in your mouth after meals – While this can’t always be done, it’s an excellent way to rid your mouth of foods that get trapped between your teeth and gums. If you don’t have access to a toothbrush after eating a meal, the warm water practice goes a long way in helping to alleviate built up bacteria or inflammation.
- Avoid tobacco products – While smoking is detrimental to your lungs and heart, the activity also stains your teeth and gums. This also includes chewing tobacco.
- Minimize sugar intake – Sugar is the main culprit for inflammation, not only in the whole of your body, but in your teeth as well. Too much sugar and not enough cleaning, leads to an increased possibilities of tooth decay and cavities.
- Schedule regular dental checkups – A visit to your dentist every six months is a general rule of thumb. The dental hygienist performs the cleaning, while the dentist will provide a thorough exam and consultation to get an update on your dental health. Whether you have dental anxiety or not, regular visits to your dentist are vital for the longevity of your smile.
How Dr. Grussmark Can Help
At his Miami, FL location, Dr. Grussmark and his skilled team of professionals are ready to answer your questions regarding how to maintain your smile and whether or not you need braces, Invisalign, or further treatment to protect your teeth. He’s seen it all, and once you enter his office, you’ll feel right at home and confident he’ll get your oral health back on track. Don’t hesitate, make an appointment today!