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Many people struggle with oral health. With so much foods lurking around every turn, it’s easy to get pick up bad oral habits. However, there are five foods to avoid to help you maintain positive oral health. Using these five tips of food to avoid with your daily oral habits, can help you and your smile stay beautiful and healthy.

Having a healthy diet isn’t just about eating healthy foods; it’s also about remembering the important tips, like not snacking between meals. Since most snack foods consist of high sugar, they do more harm than good to your body and your teeth. When you snack, the bacteria from the foods live in your mouth, increasing your risk for developing cavities and gum disease.

These five foods to avoid include:

1. Ice: Chewing ice is hard on your teeth’s enamel. The ice can break the outer layer of the tooth away, which can cause your tooth to break or chip.
2. Hard candy: Hard candy keeps the sugar in your mouth and close to your teeth. The constant sugar in your teeth can cause cavities.
3. Sodas and sports drinks: In sodas and sports drinks alike, sugar is a top ingredient. Sugar will quickly decay your teeth. The constant exposure to the sugar in your drinks is extremely unhealthy to your smile.
4. Citrus foods: Citrus foods create a high amount of acid in your mouth, which can eat away your tooth enamel and increase tooth decay over time.
5. Sticky foods: Sticky foods are extremely dangerous to your teeth because the sugar stays on your teeth, which gives the sugar a higher chance at eating away your teeth.

Having a healthy diet isn’t the only way to avoid tooth decay. Remembering to brush your teeth for at least two minutes a day, twice a day, will help polish your teeth and keep cavities from forming. Flossing is the crowning jewel when it comes to oral care. Flossing keeps cavities and plaque from building up where your toothbrush cannot reach. Keeping your teeth clean and your gums free from bacteria, you can keep tooth decay away from your beautiful smile.

If you have questions about your smile and dental health, please contact our office. Let us guide you to a healthier smile for this new year.