Not So Healthy Foods for Teeth and Gums

Not So Healthy Foods for Teeth and Gums

Not So Healthy Foods for Teeth and Gums

You really are what you eat. That is especially true when it comes to your teeth and gums. Inspired Smiles explains that the food and drink you consume plays a big part in oral health.

According to Dr. Victoria Yeager and Dr. Daniel Yeager, the following foods should be consumed in moderation for healthier teeth and gums.

Sticky and Gooey Foods


Who doesn’t love a big bag of caramels, well, everyone loves caramels, gummy bears and other sticky candy except for your teeth and gums.

Sticky foods, yes, even those so called healthy dried fruits like figs and apricots, can stick to the fissures and grooves at the backs of your teeth. If you must indulge in gooey and sticky foods keep them to a minimum. Inspired Smiles suggests that if you do enjoy, rinse with water, and brush when you get a chance.

Teeth and Gums and Citrus Fruits

Fruits are excellent sources of vitamin C. However, acidic fruits such as oranges, grapefruits, lemons, and kiwi erode tooth enamel.

Your Richmond dentist recommends that you enjoy your daily serve of citrus fruits with a meal. Of course, if you are savoring a juicy tangerine on its own be sure to brush and rinse afterwards. Remember, tomatoes are also a fruit. Again, rinse with water or enjoy as part of a meal.

Sports and Energy Drinks

Cracking open an energy or sports drink after a workout may be a habit, but it isn’t a very healthy one for teeth and gums. Opt for plain water instead. Water refreshes you and won’t harm the enamel on your teeth. Energy and sports drinks are double trouble as they are extremely acidic are damaging, and loaded with sugar.

Inspired Smiles suggests never adding citrus fruits to your water as they can cause enamel erosion as well.

Hard Candy and Teeth and Gums

Sucking on a butterscotch after a good meal is extremely satisfying, but doing so will damage your teeth. Bite down on one and you just might crack a tooth or damage a restoration. Inspired Smiles explains that when you suck on butterscotch, peppermint, or any other type of hard candy, you are bathing your teeth and gums in sugar.

If you would like to learn more about good and bad food and drink for teeth and gums, call and schedule a dental checkup in Richmond today.