Monday, 12 December 2016

Here Are The Ten (10) Worst Foods For Your Teeth.

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It's no longer news that candy and other sugary foods wreak havoc on the teeth, but how about fruits and so-called sugar-free drinks? Having sparkling white teeth may be the dream of almost everyone you will ever come across. I don't know about you, but I have always envied people who feature in toothpaste commercials. But it may seem like no matter how hard you try to achieve those sparkling white teeth you so much desire, the worse your teeth appearance gets.
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Let me guess, you've probably heard brushing and flossing twice a day is the best way to keep your teeth healthy, you may have even changed toothpaste brand 3 times a month, used all sorts of mouthwash and other whitening products, all futile in making your teeth white again. But did you know some foods cause enough damage to the teeth making all your effort null and void. Even if you brush 3 times a day, a change of diet is a must or the appearance of your teeth may keep going from bad to unbearable like the guy in the photo above. Surely no one wants to get there. 😏 So here is a list of 10 foods that you probably didn't know can make your teeth go bad.

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1. Apples: Everyone loves apples; they're tasty and give this really refreshing feel from just a single bite. Little do you know that Apples are not as good as they may seem and not just because of their supposed role in the fall of man. Despite their numerous nutritious benefits, Apples are high in acid and are surprisingly hard on your enamel. While eating an Apple every day may keep the doctor away, the acid might keep your dentist on speed dial and keep the Ladies away. Eating apple is fine, just be sure to rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash shortly after.

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2. Hard candies: Mention the words "Free Candy" to any 5-year old and watch him/her go berserk. Who really doesn't like free candy? The indescribable sensation it drowns your mouth with is just wow! Well, keeping that aside, you probably know that the sugar in candy is a big problem. Hard candies are especially harmful because we tend to hold them in our mouths longer and chew them. Chewing hard candy is definitely not advisable because it may get stuck in your teeth and promote decay. Also be aware that cough drops/syrup are often made with sugar, so opt for a sugar-free brand if available.

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3. Pickled vegetables: Pickling is a food preservation process that involves expanding the lifespan of food by either anaerobic fermentation in brine or immersion in vinegar. The resulting food is called a pickle, or, to prevent ambiguity, prefaced with the adjective pickled. The pickling procedure will typically affect the food's texture and flavour. Foods that are pickled include meats, fruits, eggs, and vegetables. Pickles that are made with vinegar, which is acidic, can damage your teeth even though the vegetables are healthy. Drinking water with your meal helps wash away acids and sugar, but remember to brush an hour later.

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4. Bread: No need for long stories here, there's no one on this planet who doesn't know what bread is. However, what you may not know is that many bread contain sugar, especially processed white bread. It's best to check the labels for any added sweeteners that will breed mouth bacteria. Bread is also sticky and gets between and behind your teeth.

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5. Popcorn: You can't simply get enough of popcorn especially when watching a movie. We all know popcorn to be popular for getting stuck in the teeth, and the areas between the teeth. Having sweet things get stuck in your teeth is a very good way to start an exclusive Mouth bacteria party, and unfortunately, you're the host. It's okay to treat yourself to a bag of popcorn as long as you rinse your mouth with water and remember to floss and brush after.

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6. Peanut butter: Peanut butter is a food paste popular in many countries, a spread made primarily from ground dry roasted peanuts, but often containing additional ingredients that modify the taste or texture. Sticky and often made with sugar, peanut butter not only feeds bacteria but makes it easier for them to adhere to teeth. Look for natural peanut butter with no added sugars to lessen the problem.

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7. Jelly: Gelatin desserts or jellies are desserts made with sweetened and flavoured gelatin. Along with peanut butter, jelly or jam is loaded with sugar and quite sticky. Even the all-fruit brands contain natural sugars and encourage bacteria growth if not washed away soon.

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8. Meat: I can never get tired of eating meat... Never! Though tasty in every way, Meat tends to get stuck between your teeth and some meat products contain sugar as a preservative. While the amount may not be very high, any food that sits between your teeth can promote tooth decay. Try chewing sugarless gum after eating if you can't brush right away.

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9. Diet soda: Diet (alternatively marketed as sugar-free, zero-calorie or low-calorie) drinks are sugar-free, artificially sweetened versions of fizzy beverages with virtually no calories. They are generally marketed toward health-conscious people, diabetics, athletes, and other people who want to lose weight, improve physical fitness, or reduce their sugar intake. Just because it doesn't have sugar doesn't mean your teeth are safe. The acidity of diet sodas is still extremely high, making it one of the worst products for your teeth.

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10. Salad dressing: More of a condiment than a food, salad dressings use vinegar and sugar for flavour. Salads should be a staple in anyone's diet, but be careful of the dressings that can harm your smile.

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There you have it, 10 worst foods that can damage your teeth. Definitely, there's no way you can avoid these foods completely. However, not taking them too often is a good first step to stopping that annoying colouration that's plaguing your teeth. Couple this with brushing twice a day and flossing and you're good to go. Thanks for reading, endeavour to share this with your friends using the share buttons just below. Also, don't be afraid to share your opinions in the comments below. You can even try out our Facebook comments below.




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