After a long day, many of us like relaxing back, kicking our feet up, and enjoying our favorite chips, candy, or soda. A steady diet of sugary and acidic foods and drinks, including sports and energy drinks, can damage teeth and lead to tooth decay. We must remember, what we eat and drink can affect our overall health and our oral health.
Having a sugary dessert every once in a while is fine, but contestant snacking can become a bad habit. Eating all day without brushing in between can be damaging for your teeth. Plaque is our teeth's worst enemy. It is a sticky film that forms around your teeth throughout the day. When plaque is not removed by brushing and flossing, then bacteria can begin to build up. Plaque and acid will eventually lead to tooth erosion, cavities, and causing your teeth to stain.
Keep in mind, avoiding sugary snacks and drinks will not prevent tooth decay. It will lower your chances, but not entirely prevent the issue. Almost all foods have some type of sugar, so it cannot be completely eliminated from your diet. A healthy diet is the way to a healthy smile.
Visit your dentist regularly, because your oral health is important. Book an appointment with us today!