The Recommended Foods to Avoid for a Healthy Smile

Sometimes it’s difficult to maintain a healthy smile, but with our Smiles Dental team’s help, you will be able to achieve that goal on a daily basis.

In addition to having a good oral hygiene routine, Dr. Ken Killpack and our team recommend that you avoid eating specific foods to keep your teeth healthy and strong. Those tooth-harming foods in Ridgefield, Washington, include:

-Empty-calorie foods: Empty-calorie foods are harmful to your oral health because they tend to offer no nutritional value and they also contain high amounts of sugar, which sticks to the teeth and causes tooth decay. So, it’s best to avoid eating foods like candy, cookies, cakes, muffins, and snack foods, like chips. The bacteria in your mouth feed off of the sugars these products contain, and it’s best to avoid that at all costs.

-Sugary drinks: Sugary drinks are harmful for your smile because they give your teeth a sugar bath, which can successfully create tooth decay. It’s best to avoid drinking drinks like soda, lemonade, juice, sweetened coffee, and tea and drink as much water as possible.

-Acidic foods: It’s best to eat acidic foods, like tomatoes and citrus fruits, with a meal rather than by themselves. We recommend doing this because acidic foods tend to attack the tooth enamel and cause tooth decay. We also recommend that you avoid eating dried fruits as much as possible because they tend to stick to the teeth and produce plaque acids. It’s best to eat fresh fruits.

For more details and information on how to keep your smile in tip-top shape, please call our office at 360.727.6976 and talk to your dentist or a member of our caring and helpful dental team. We are happy to give you the information you need to achieve your smile goals, and we look forward to hearing from you!