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When it comes to dental health, the phrase, “You are what you eat,” rings truer than ever. The foods and drinks that you put in your mouth can have more of an impact on your dental health than you may think. Some foods are excellent for your dental health. Others are deadly. Here’s a list of six types of foods you’ll want to avoid:

Acidic Foods: Acids can erode your tooth enamel, the outermost protective layer of a tooth, leading to a multitude of problems ranging in severity from tooth sensitivity to a long-term infection. Highly acidic foods include lemons, pickles, tomatoes, coffee, and alcohol.

Sticky and Chewy Foods: Foods that stay on your teeth for a long time have a better opportunity to do damage. If you choose to eat sticky or chewy foods, do something to clean out your mouth afterwards, like chewing sugar-free gum, rinsing with mouthwash, or brushing your teeth 30 minutes after your meal.

Starches and Refined Carbs: These can easily turn into sugar in your mouth, which will in turn be converted into acids by bacteria. Examples include white bread, potato chips, and pasta.

Foods that Dry Out Your Mouth: One of nature’s greatest defenses against dental decay is saliva because it washes away plaque and food particles and brings your teeth the minerals they need. But some foods will dry out your mouth, like alcohol, soda, coffee, and energy drinks.

Hard Foods: Enamel is hard, but it is not invincible. Repeated exposure to hard foods can wear it down. This includes ice, popcorn kernels, and hard candy.

If you would like some more advice on caring for your teeth with a healthy diet, you can contact Prehn Dental Offices in Wausau, Wisconsin. Your dentist, Dr. Frederick Prehn, is available for regular dental checkups. Call us at 715-842-1270 today.