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A healthy mouth is protected not only by giving it the care and attention it needs on a daily basis, but also remembering to be cautious about any and all foods that you may consume during the course of each day. Some ingredients in foods can be broken down into harmful acids, or simply just linger around in our mouths in hidden corners contributing to plaque buildup.

Improve your oral health this year by limiting harmful foods from your diet. Here are some foods that can be dangerous to our mouths:

Acidic Foods: Many types of sour candy have a pH level comparable to battery acid, so avoidance of them is a must. In addition, even some healthy foods can be extremely acidic, such as lemons and oranges, so be sure to eat them with meals to dilute the acids in them.

Sugary Sweets: Sugar is used by bad bacteria in our mouths and converted into acids which can eat away at our tooth enamel. Foods packed with sugar include candy, soft drinks, juices, cookies, cakes, sport drinks, and various snacks.

Fermentable carbohydrates: Fermentable carbohydrates are carbs that be broken down in our mouths into acids that can eat away at our tooth enamel. These include nearly all types of sugar such as high fructose corn syrup as well as starchy items such as donuts and white bread.

Sticky or Hard Snacks: Sticky candy such as taffy or gummies, along with hard candy such as candy canes and lollipops can damage our teeth or can be difficult to remove via daily cleaning habits. Other easily stuck foods in our mouths include popcorn, various meat products, caramels, peanut butter, and jelly.

Don’t let bad habits ruin your smile. If you need an oral exam or professional cleaning by our dentists at Smile Image Dentists or would like book an appointment with Dr. Kim Loan Nguyen, call us at 281-759-1277, to schedule a visit to our office in Houston, Texas. We look forward to making your smile the best it can be!