Harmful to Your Gums That You Didn’t Know About.
Gums are the soft oral tissues that form around the neck of the teeth and cement them in place. They are usually sensitive so there are many substances/ingredients used in modern-era food that irritate gums and potentially harm them too. A well-known proverb states, “You are what you eat”. This emphasizes the value of gum protection which plays a cynical role in one’s oral health and foods that are unhealthy for the teeth should be avoided whenever possible. If you are not precarious with your teeth and what you put into your mouth, your actions could result in various gum diseases, chronic diseases, and other dental/oral health issues which could cost you time and money.
Here are the top 4 harmful foods for your teeth:
In general, sugar is very injurious for your teeth and gums, but the sugar mixed with other ingredients in the sticky candies and sugary chewing gums tend to attach themselves to the gums. This in turn facilitates rapid growth of bacteria and contributes to the majority of gum diseases. The same can be said for dried fruits as they are similarly sticky and sugary. Although it sounds very bad, it does not mean you have to give them up. Just keep these treats to a minimum and rinse your mouth thoroughly after you have had them.
- Soda, Sports Drinks and Carbonated Drinks
Sodas and sports drinks include added sugar and acid. While sugar causes gum protection to falter, the acidic nature of these drinks invites bacteria to attack and reside in the tooth enamel which really is as bad as it sounds. The same can be said for carbonated drinks. If you are into sports and want to keep your energy levels up then you should go for the drinks that contain the least percentage of added sugar in them.
- Starchy Foods
This includes pasta, crackers, and other baked goods that are essentially simple carbs that are converted into sugar very quickly. These edibles are mostly sticky and allow the bacteria to thrive in the nooks between the teeth, accelerating tooth decay and promoting other gum-related diseases. The latest medical research has shown a strong correlation between uncontrolled diabetes and constant gum diseases. So limiting simple carbs in your diet would help you kill two birds with one stone.
- Citrus Acid
This is a naturally occurring acid that is commonly found in fruits like oranges, lemons, lime, grapefruits, and other citrus fruits. This acid is rather unhealthy for gums as it damages and erodes the gums and teeth. If you are looking to gain vitamins (vitamin C) found in these fruits then there are other non-acidic ways of getting them, i.e. supplements, food that are high in vitamin C but non acidic (broccoli, asparagus, and peas), and other non-acidic fruits(cantaloupe, honeydew melon and kiwi) all of which contain more vitamins than the citrus fruits.
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