We usually know if we are eating a food that is not good for us. An extra piece of pie or a big handful of your favorite potato chips do not benefit our teeth and gums. These foods promote tooth decay and cavities. Is it possible that you could be eating foods that damage your teeth without knowing it?

Foods That Attack Your Enamel

Enamel is the hard outer layer of your teeth, which protects your teeth from bacteria. However, even common foods can attack your enamel as it is highly susceptible to acidic foods. If the acid in these foods react with the minerals in the enamel, problems can occur.

Many fruits are high in acidity. Lemons, grapefruit, strawberries, grapes, and apples are highly acidic. Soda or pop also contains high levels of acidity as well as copious amounts of sugar. This combination, sugar and acid, is like pushing the gas pedal toward tooth decay.

If you are drinking fruit juice or soda, consider using a straw. In addition, choose other fruits if you already have sensitive teeth. Avoid sugary foods as well. If you are not sure what foods are considered acidic, you can look up the pH value of the food. Foods with low pH values, between one and three, are highly acidic and may damage your enamel.

Call Us For Help

Knowing what foods to eat to avoid damage to your teeth is important knowledge. It is also important to have a regular healthy oral hygiene routine. Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each session. Floss your teeth before you go to bed. With these preventative measures, your teeth have a better chance of staying strong and fighting tooth decay.

Be sure to schedule a regular dental cleaning every two months at a minimum. Many dental plans will actually cover three dental cleanings a year. Check with your dental insurance company to see what coverage you have with your policy.

If you are looking for a Paducah area dentist, we hope you will give us a call at Johnson Family Dental. We are conveniently located at 2913 Lone Oak Rd, Paducah, KY. Our office is open Monday through Thursday from 8am to 5pm. Give us a call at (270) 554-2432 to schedule an appointment or CLICK HERE to contact us.