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You could be putting your teeth at an increased risk of damage based on what you eat. Many foods can increase the rate at which tooth decay can occur, some can cause oral accidents or injuries to occur, and others can be so acidic they eat right through tooth enamel. What are some of the foods you should avoid? See the list below:

– Some foods that have high acidity should never be eaten as snacks, and always included with meals. This includes tomatoes and citrus fruits.
– Sour candy has an extremely high acidic content, with some brands having an acidity that is nearly the same as car battery acid. Protect your tooth enamel and avoid sour sweets.
– Foods and drinks with lots of sugar and carbs can be converted in your mouths into harmful acids capable of eating through tooth enamel. Even foods with natural sugars such as honey can be dangerous to your oral health.
– Hard candy, including giant candy canes or lollipops, can easily chip and crack teeth. In addition, the residue can stick to teeth and is hard to brush away, leading to an increased risk for tooth decay.
– Sticky and gummy sweets can easily linger in your mouth long after consumption, vastly increasing your risk for plaque buildup and tooth decay to occur.
– Some foods and snacks such as popcorn balls and popcorn kernels can chip can crack teeth or easily become lodged between teeth. Exercise caution when consuming these foods.

To learn more about which foods to avoid to protect your teeth, or to schedule an oral exam, contact Smiley Dental Broadway at 972.303.3600. Come visit Dr. Lynh Pham and our team at our dentist office in Garland, Texas by booking an appointment at your earliest convenience. We will help you in any way we can!