Whether we like it or not, first appearances mean everything. And while we often talk about ways we can maintain our style and grooming, sometimes we forget about our most forward-facing asset, our teeth. Sure, you brush your teeth twice a day, but is it enough?
Pearly whites are something we all long for and while it’s possible to achieve them with in-office procedures, those procedures are often timely and expensive. And good dental health isn’t just brighter teeth. It also includes healthy gums and stronger enamel, which unfortunately, are attacked on the regular with our food and beverage choices.
So what exactly are we eating that is so bad for our teeth? Crest & Oral B recently released a list of the best and worst foods that weaken our enamel. Not so surprisingly, there are a few favourite indulgences on the list. Wine, pop and energy drinks all made the list of acidic treats that are most damaging to our enamel, while lemon actually topped it. That means that the healthy lemon water you’ve been drinking is actually quite harmful to your dental health. On the lower end of the list, but still enamel-eroding, are beer, salad dressing and orange juice.
But it doesn’t mean you need to drop those things. Notable Toronto-based dentist Dr. Janet Tamo, recommends drinking acidic and tooth-staining beverages through a straw when possible, cutting down regular consumption of certain foods, and increasing consumption of erosion safe foods like banana, avocado and water. Of course, using toothpastes with stannous fluoride like Crest Pro-Health helps, too.
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