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How confident are you that your dietary selections are safe and effective for your smile? Do you believe that you’re eating right to ensure your teeth are well protected against any dental damage that will arise due to the foods and drinks you eat? If you do believe that there are ways you can change your oral health in regard to your diet, set forth a checklist to analyze all foods and drinks that you consume, and which ones are potentially damaging your teeth and gums. Be aware that sticky and chewy foods, hard snacks, sugary and starchy sweets, and other products can potentially lead to dental damage.

Protecting your oral health includes limiting the effects of sticky and chewy sweets or other dietary selections that can linger in your mouth long after you eat them. If you consume sticky sweets that stick around in your mouth, you may be drastically increasing the rate at which dental erosion occurs. Make sure you clean them off as soon as possible. However, you shouldn’t brush your mouth out after eating due to increased tooth sensitivity. Instead, try using an alternative tool such as mouthwash.

Are you aware of the risks associated with hard foods? Hard foods are things such as steaks and corn on the cob, which may be extremely difficult to bite into. If you are not careful, you can end up causing yourself severe dental damage in the form of chipped or cracked teeth. To help lower your risk of dental damage, avoid biting directly into hard foods.

Are you interested in learning more about unhealthy food avoidance? If you would like to schedule an exam to improve your smile with our dentists and the rest of our team at Horizon Family Dental Care, you are welcome to call our office at 301-868-3203 for an appointment in Clinton, Maryland.