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5 Foods That Damage Your Teeth

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What you eat affects your teeth. It’s obvious with some foods — like sugary snacks — but it’s possible your diet is sabotaging your smile without you knowing it.

Read on to learn about five foods that can harm your teeth, as well as ways the experts at Jovan Prosthodontics in Round Rock, TX can help you undo that damage. Then, schedule an appointment with Dr. Ace by calling (512) 937-1398.

 

1. Citrus

Lemons and limes can wreak havoc on enamel, the outer layer of your teeth that protects them from decay. Any acidic food can wear away your enamel, but lemons and limes are among the most acidic. According to the American Dental Association, even slices of citrus in your water can damage teeth.

Left untreated, enamel erosion can leave you susceptible to chips and cracks in your teeth. And unlike bone, enamel does not repair itself. But there is good news: Chips and cracks in teeth can be easily repaired by a prosthodontist like Dr. Ace.

One way to do this is through a dental crown, which is like a cap placed over the damaged tooth to restore the tooth’s function and appearance. Depending on your needs, Dr. Ace uses an all-porcelain dental crown or one made of zirconia to restore the look and health of your tooth.

Unlike other practices, Jovan Prosthodontics can create your crown in our in-office lab, saving you time and money.

Another option is dental veneers, which conceal imperfections in your teeth by using a thin piece of composite or porcelain. Many patients find that they’re more comfortable than crowns. They’re also easy to care for and stain-resistant.

 

2. Tea

Nothing’s better than a hot cup of tea on a cold morning. Unfortunately, tea is a major cause of dental discoloration.

If years of tea drinking has caused your teeth to yellow, Jovan Prosthodontics can help. Dr. Ace offers both at-home and in-office whitening treatments that are safer and more effective than over-the-counter options. Plus, you’ll see results fast. Patients who visit Dr. Ace for an in-office treatment leave with a smile that’s three to eight shades brighter in as little as an hour.

It’s important to note that there are some oral health benefits to drinking tea. According to the University of Rochester Medical Center, black and green teas contain polyphenols that kill and restrain the bacteria that cause plaque.

So maybe don’t cut out tea altogether — just practice good oral hygiene habits to prevent stains and call Dr. Ace at (512) 937-1398 when your smile needs a pick-me-up.

 

3. Dried Fruit

Dried apricots and other dehydrated fruits may be a more nutritious way to satisfy your sweet tooth, but they can spell disaster for your teeth.

Sticky and chewy foods, like dried fruit, often get stuck in the hard-to-reach crevices of your teeth where brushing and flossing may not effectively clean. When sugary particles linger for too long, your teeth and gums become become vulnerable to tooth decay and gum disease.

Drink plenty of water while enjoying dried fruit, and practice good oral hygiene to prevent infection.

 

4. Ice

It’s great for keeping your drink cold but terrible for chewing.

Many dental emergencies can be avoided by sticking to water in its liquid form. If you do break a tooth, it’s important to see a dentist as soon as possible to prevent an infection that eventually requires a tooth extraction. If you’ve chipped or broken a tooth, consider calling Dr. Ace for your cosmetic and restorative dentistry needs.

At Jovan Prosthodontics, we offer tooth bonding as a fix for minor chips or fractures. Our patients find that tooth bonding is a quick but lasting solution for small imperfections in teeth. Dr. Ace uses the same resin as he uses for tooth-colored fillings, so the results are discreet and natural-looking. Plus, the procedure is painless.

If you’re looking to repair more serious damage to your teeth, Dr. Ace can revive your smile with custom crowns or dental veneers. Schedule an appointment today using our convenient online form to find out which solution would be best for you.

 

5. Soda

Carbonated beverages are a sugary assault on your smile, especially if they’re your drink of choice. Plaque-causing bacteria feed on sugar, producing an acidic substance that weakens enamel.

If you drink a lot of soda, consider swapping it out for water — or at least upping your water intake to keep bacterial growth at bay.

 

Restoring Your Smile After Damage

Much of the damage caused by these foods can be avoided with proper oral hygiene — brushing, flossing, and regular dental exams — and by exercising moderation.

But when you find these problematic foods have taken a toll on your smile, call us at Jovan Prosthodontics. Dr. Ace specializes in restorative and cosmetic dentistry. He’ll make sure your teeth stay in great shape. Call (512) 937-1398 today to make an appointment.