1:00 AM 10th February 2024
The ‘Healthy’ Foods That Are Ruining Your Teeth
As people keep aiming to eat healthier, dental expert Dr. Ferakh Hamid reveals the lesser known foods that can affect oral hygiene and offers tips for a healthier smile.
Balsamic Vinegar and Dark Sauces:
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Dark sauces like soy, tomato, and balsamic vinegar can erode tooth enamel, leading to yellow stains. Rinsing with water after eating these foods can help protect your teeth.
Fruits with dark pigments, such as blackberries and blueberries, can stain teeth. The pigments penetrate enamel pores, leaving a noticeable tint. Rinsing your mouth with water afterwards or brushing your teeth shortly after eating them can minimise staining.
White Bread and Starchy Food:
Certain foods like white bread and potato chips can contribute to oral health issues by promoting acid production that erodes tooth enamel. Research links these choices to an increased risk of cavities, emphasising the importance of informed dietary decisions. Opting for nutrient-dense alternatives like whole fruits and whole grains can minimise these cavity risks.
While green smoothies offer health benefits, adding protein powder can contribute to plaque. Fruit additions may increase sugar content, impacting dental health. Instead, choose a protein powder with minimal additives and sugars and limit fruit additions or opt for lower-sugar fruits.
Flavoured water, though low in sugar, often contains acidic fruits like oranges and lemons which can break down enamel. Consider using a straw to minimise direct contact with your teeth and maintain good oral hygiene practices to counteract acidity effects.
Despite its health reputation, kombucha's high sugar levels further elevate the risk of tooth decay. Its acidity can also wear down enamel, leading to a yellow tone. Moderate consumption, drinking through a straw or choosing other drinks with lower sugar content can prevent these issues.
Research carried out by Dr. Ferakh Hamid, Aesthetique Dental Care