In past blog posts, we have discussed a lot of foods that promote oral health, from gum to leafy greens. But despite all the advantages that these foods can confer on the health of your teeth, gums, and jaw, they pale comparison to the damage that certain foods can cause. In particular, patients who have received cosmetic dental treatment—from crown, caps, and veneers to whitening—are extremely susceptible to the harm associated with these foods. So if you or a loved one has received such treatment, be sure to avoid or abstain from the following:
For patients with prosthodontics like crowns, fillings, caps, implants, or bridges, sticky foods post the risk of dislodging these fixtures, which can be painful and expensive. So stay away from sticky foods like:
- Chewable candy
- Peanut Butter
If you have veneers or received whitening treatment to fix the discoloration of your teeth, you don’t want to stain them all over again. Avoid foods that can re-stain your teeth, like:
- Dark Berries
By tough foods, we mean aggressive or threatening foods—just ones that are hard to chew. Like sticky foods, they can dislodge crowns, crack brittle fillings, and lead to jaw problems. Notoriously tough foods include:
- Dried apricots and other fruits
An apple a day keeps the doctor away… unless he’s a dentist, that is. Hard foods can be just as dangerous as tough or sticky foods, if not more so. Hard foods can knock out fillings, and even chip healthy teeth:
- Corn on the cob
- Etc .
Sugary foods pose the highest risk for cavities, which are both the most common source of tooth pain and the easiest way to lose a tooth. So this rule applies to everyone. Try to keep sugary foods out of your diet, and brush or rinse your teeth after eating:
- Fruit Juice
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