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If you’re frustrated about what to eat for the greatest oral health, don’t be: stick to foods and drinks that are relatively low in sugar and soft to chew, and you’ll be fine. (And as always, don’t forget to brush and floss your chompers daily!) That said, we understand that many of our patients are stressed about the destructive effects certain foods can have on oral health, so here is a list of some foods you should cautiously avoid:

Alcohol. Drinking too much alcohol not only increases your risk of developing mouth cancer, but also increases your risk of xerostomia. Without saliva to push around fluoride, dislodge debris and clean out your mouth, tooth erosion and periodontal disease become more likely.

Coffee. You may already understand that coffee can tinge your pearly whites, but it can also dry out your oral cavity; when you have dry oral cavity, spit can’t work its magic to keep your chompers and gums clean from bacteria and debris. Additionally, many people like to add sugar to their coffee, which can lead to tooth erosion.

Ice. Water’s great for you, so ice has got to be good too, right? In reality, chewing on ice can destroy your chompers. The hard structure of ice can break or fracture your teeth, leaving you with a dental emergency. Water in its liquid form is great for your pearly whites and mouth, but ice isn’t.

To learn extra details about which foods you can thwart for greatest dental health, call us now at 714-386-7421 to pencil in a visit with Dr. Asal Shirazi and the staff at Fullerton Dental Care in Brea, California.