The enamel serves as the protective layer for the dentin of the teeth. It's actually very hard. In fact, it's the hardest part of the body that can withstand daily wear and tear from biting, crunching and chewing. However, poor dental hygiene as well as wrong dietary habits can lead to staining and damaging of the enamel. Yes, the wrong diet can wreak havoc to your dental health. Here are some of the foods that you should either limit intake of or completely stay away from for the benefit of your much-loved pearls.
Soda is high in both sugar and acid - two things that can effectively erode the enamel. Sugar is harmful because it activates bacteria to produce acid. Acid, on the other hand, eats up on the tooth enamel and cause erosion. Do yourself a favor and stop drinking soda. You won't miss it. After all, it doesn't contain any nutritional value.
Clear soda like Sprite, 7UP, and ginger ale are even more harmful because they also contain citric and ascorbic acids. The least harmful is root beer since it's not carbonated and doesn't contain any citric or phosphoric acid. If you can't give up your soda habit, opt for root beer or make your own soda at home with less acid and sugar.
Smoothies are great because it gives you a good excuse to consume fruits. Fruits, as you know are highly beneficial for your health. However, being loaded with simple sugars, fruit smoothies can also be detrimental to your teeth enamel. If you consume it regularly, the citric acid in it can damage your teeth. But you don't have to deprive yourself of the nutrients that you can get from this beverage. What you can do is to brush your teeth right away after gulping it down.
No candy is good for your teeth. What's especially bad is the sour variety like Skittles and Starburst. These are highly acidic and are notorious in damaging the teeth. If you're looking for something to chew on after eating or whenever you feel like it, go for a sugarless gum which is less evil.
According to a study done at the New York University College of Dentistry in 2007, people who drink sports drinks regularly experienced significantly more teeth erosion than those who opted for natural beverages like water and fruit juice. Sports drinks are not carbonated but the fact that they are high in citric acid makes them bad for your pearls. Hydrating yourself with water is always the smarter move.
While it's true that an apple a day can keep the doctor away, the same cannot be said of the dentist. That's because apples are highly acidic. Yes, they're rich in nutrients that can keep you in top shape but the acid in them can wear away the tooth enamel. Don't worry. You don't have to skip apples altogether. Just see to it that you rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash after eating. Better yet, brush your teeth to remove the acid before it inflicts any damage.