A lot of things are fun for taste buds, but bad for oral health because they lead to tooth decay and gum disease. The list is longer than just candy:
- Energy drinks, soda, sweetened coffee, fruit juice, and sports drinks. These are often sipped over time, giving your teeth a sugar bath for hours of the day.
- Chips, crackers, breads, and pasta. Starches in these foods can stay in your mouth and break down into simple sugars, the same as if it was candy.
- Citrus juices and soda. These acidic drinks can ruin tooth enamel, which can lead to tooth decay and sensitivity.
- Dried fruits. While naturally sweet, they’re also sticky. They get stuck in teeth and can be just as bad for your teeth as chewy candy.
You don’t have to give up these treats, but use moderation. Rinsing your mouth with water after having them can help too. And be sure to brush your teeth twice a day and visit the dentist to keep your mouth healthy.
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