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Most people are well aware of the fact that consuming candy, soft drinks and other sweets can increase their chances of developing problems with tooth decay and gum disease. While it’s wise to avoid these foods or at least enjoy them in moderation, there are other foods which can also pose a threat to your oral health.

Dried fruits like raisins, craisins and prunes are very sweet and sticky. Sometimes they can get stuck in between your teeth and along the contours of your gum line. When you do eat dried fruits you might want to brush and floss your teeth afterward. Whenever possible, you should try to eat fresh fruits and vegetables.

Highly acidic foods like citrus fruits and tomatoes can cause microscopic erosion in the minerals that make up your tooth enamel. This process, known as demineralization can cause sensitivity issues in your teeth and increase your chances of developing tooth decay. If you are going to eat these foods, try to enjoy them in moderation and don’t to eat them alone. Using a toothpaste with added fluoride can help reverse the effects of acid erosion and strengthen tooth enamel.

When possible it’s a good idea to choose to drink water, over soft drinks and other sweetened beverages. Consume alcohol in moderation, as it can cause dehydration and dry mouth, which promotes tooth decay. Be sure to drink plenty of water afterward.

If you’d like to learn more about foods that can affect your oral health, please call Kaitilin Riley DDS at 805-238-3880 to schedule an appointment.