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If you’re confused about what to eat for the greatest oral health, don’t be: stick with foods that are low in sugar and soft on your teeth, 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 worried about the hurtful effects certain foods can have on dental health, so here is a list of some foods you should vigilantly avoid:

Alcohol. Drinking too much alcohol not only grows your risk of developing oral cavity 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 probable.

Coffee. You might already understand that coffee can dye your pearly whites, but it can also dry out your oral cavity; when you have dry mouth, saliva can’t work its magic to keep your chompers and gums free from bacteria and food remnants. Additionally, lots of people like to add sugar and cream to their coffee, which can lead to tooth decay.

Ice. Water’s awesome for you, so ice has got to be awesome too, right? Believe it or not, chewing on ice can weaken your teeth. The tricky structure of ice can break or fracture your chompers, leaving you with an oral emergency. Water in its liquid form is good for your pearly whites and mouth, but ice isn’t.

To learn extra details about which foods you can avoid for best dental health, call us now at 925-736-4201 to schedule a checkup with Dr. Richard J. Koeltl and the team at RK Dentistry in Danville, California.