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You could be putting your teeth at a heightened risk for damage because of what you eat. Many foods can increase the danger of tooth decay, and cause other problems for your teeth. Over time, the acids in some foods can damage your tooth enamel. For more information about how your diet can affect your oral health, read on.

– The acids in foods can weaken tooth enamel and increase your risk for cavities, so be sure to limit or avoid acidic foods such as tomatoes and citrus foods, and brush or have a glass of water after eating them.
– Hard candies can chip and crack teeth, so make sure to exercise caution when biting into hard products including candy apples, lollipops, and even corn kernels.
– Sugars can react with bacteria in your mouth to create acids that can cause dental erosion and cavities.
– Sour candies feature a low pH level and high acidity and can cause dental erosion and severe tooth sensitivity.
– Sticky snacks like gummy worms and taffy can stick to your teeth and gums and cause harm to your mouth long after eating them.

Watching what you eat, along with brushing, flossing and seeing your dentist for regular cleanings and exams are important parts of a good oral health regimen. If you have questions about caring for your teeth, or it is time for your regular appointment please contact Dr. Barbara Lewis-Heywood and our team at Riverside Dental & Beauty Spa at our office in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, by calling us at 505-219-0594. Let us help you preserve your smile!