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Caring for your oral health means brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once to help keep dental plaque at bay. Your daily care, along with routine dental checkups and cleanings are important to keep your teeth cavity-free, especially for those teeth in the back that are hard to reach and clean, your molars and premolars.

In addition, the food you eat can impact your pearly whites as well. Today we want to give you some food for thought to help you better protect your smile by being aware of what some common foods you might be consuming are doing to your teeth.

1-Hard candies: these are not only often sugar-filled (feeding your oral bacteria) but their consistency can also damage tooth enamel or cause a chip or fracture to form. Your teeth will be better off chewing sugar-free gum with the ADA Seal of approval instead.

2-Ice: Similar to the effect of hard candies on your teeth, ice, an otherwise healthy “food” can actually damage tooth enamel and even cause chips and fractures to occur. You are better off drinking your ice as water than accidentally harming your pearly whites.

3- Sticky foods: most people believe sticky foods like dried fruit is healthy, but the effect they have on your teeth as they “stick” to them and feed oral bacteria isn’t good for them. If you regularly snack on stick foods, we recommend brushing and flossing and rinsing well afterward.

4-Starchy foods: eating starchy foods like chips and pretzels don’t seem as bad for your teeth as sugary foods, but the truth is, starches still get trapped between teeth and have the same effect as sugar when it comes to feeding oral bacteria. Limit these items and rinse and brush and floss after eating.

To schedule a visit with our dentist, Dr. Jeryl Abbott, please call us at Midlothian Dental Arts in Midlothian, Virginia today. We can be reached at 804-379-9177.