Coffee, nicotine and soda are often named as the most damaging consumable goods for tooth enamel. The best Suffolk County cosmetic dentist will tell you that the enamel can become compromised by the most surprising culprits.
Dr. Elliot and Dr. Nick at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry have found that there are five other products that do just as much damage and stain the teeth without people realizing it.
Red wine is notorious for staining the teeth, but the acid in white wine leaves the teeth vulnerable to food and drink stains as well. Dentists say that eating protein, calcium and phosphorus rich cheese while drinking wine can neutralize the acid in your mouth. Gargling with water helps, too!
Pills may not be enjoyable or delicious, but they’re better than a filling! Gummy vitamins cause sugar to stick to the teeth and cause cavities, just as many candies do. Bacteria love feasting on sugar, whether it comes from vitamins or snack food. Chewable vitamin C (also known as “ascorbic acid”) delivers a super high level of acid even more corrosive to tooth enamel than chewing sugar cubes.
Crunchy apples and pears contain natural sugars, but their texture makes them good for the teeth, as they remove sticky bits of plaque and sugar coatings on the teeth. Chewy dried fruits, on the other hand, are full of non-cellulose fiber that acts as a gelatin binding sugar to the teeth like candy and gummy vitamins. Brushing and flossing immediately after eating dried fruit is the best recourse to combat the sugar buildup.
Thick, sweet marinade is a summer staple for many backyard grillers, but these sauces also marinate the teeth in sugar and cause discoloration when savored. Dentists say that adding a thin layer of petroleum jelly on the teeth before eating or brushing immediately after a cookout can remove harmful residues.
Juicing is a popular way to pack a lot of nutrients into one’s diet. Dentists say that smoothies are nearly as bad as soft drinks, as they bathe the teeth in sugar and acid, which damages and dulls the surface. Since juice does have its merits, they recommend sipping through a straw, rinsing with water, and brushing the teeth 45 minutes after drinking. Keep in mind that brushing too soon after consuming acidic drinks like coffee, soda or juice can do more harm than good. During the 20 minutes after consumption, acid burns through the enamel, demineralizing the teeth down to the dentin layer, and facilitates faster corrosion if a toothbrush begins pushing the acid even deeper.
Whatever state your teeth are in, Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot can find the best way to get you the smile you dream about. Options run the gamut from teeth whitening with Opalescence, to porcelain veneers and white fillings. Tooth whitening pairs well with Invisalign metal-free straightening, dental implants and other cosmetic dentistry services.
Call (631) 246-4992 to learn more or to set up an appointment with our NYS certified dentists Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot.
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