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With all the delicious sweets and tempting eats that are available in the world today, it can be hard to determine which ones are healthy and which ones are not. In terms of your oral health care, it can be even harder. Your teeth and gums could be at risk and barely show any short-term symptoms that tooth decay is even underway.

Knowing what foods to avoid to protect your teeth and gums is important. These foods can ruin your smile:

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 dentist at Gentle Touch Dental or would like book an appointment with Dr. Dexter Inniss, call us at 770-760-7566, to schedule a visit to our office in Conyers, Georgia. We look forward to making your smile the best it can be!