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Growing up, you may remember being told to eat your fruits and vegetables to get big and strong. You need to drink lots of milk if you want to have strong bones. Food definitely plays a large part in how our body grows and develops. But do you know the kinds of foods that lead to the most tooth damage?

It may come as no surprise to you that hard candies make the cut with all the sugar. But did you know that chewing on hard candy or ice can damage your teeth and leave you vulnerable to a dental emergency?

Similar to hard candies, sticky foods can be problematic. Your mind may immediately go to a certain gummy treat, but dried fruits may also land in this category. The issue with this food is that it can stick to your teeth and can be difficult to remove. The sugar inherent in the food could promote bacteria to grow. After ingesting, you could rinse your mouth well with water and then brush and floss well when you’re able.

Starchy foods can promote plaque growth. Instead of reaching for a chip, you might eat a carrot—you still get the satisfying crunch, but not the plaque!

Beverages are not without blame either. Acidic foods can erode the enamel on your teeth, and once it’s gone it cannot be replaced. Many people enjoy putting lemon or lime juice in their water. Citrus fruits can also irritate mouth sores. Most sodas (including diet) are acidic. The top ingredient in most sports drinks is sugar. An occasional cup is fine, but frequently drinking tea or coffee may stain your teeth. Additional additives can also pose a problem. Coffee can also leave your mouth dry, so be sure to drink lots of water. And lastly, alcohol causes dehydration and dry mouth, which can lead to gum disease and tooth decay.

Our doctor and team are happy to answer any questions you have. You can call to make an appointment with Dr. Edward B. Miller at 972-298-6131 or come by our office in Duncanville, Texas.