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Have you ever asked yourself what substances in your meals you should be avoiding to protect your gum line? Oftentimes we know which foods and drinks can be hazardous to our weight, but we fail to take into consideration the effects on our teeth. Listed below are a few key ingredients and qualities of food that need to be avoided whenever possible:

– Foods that are highly acidic can eat away and wear down the tooth enamel layer that protects the inner working of every tooth. If the enamel is worn down far enough, cavities will occur. If left untreated, infections and tooth loss will follow.

– Avoid all sugary candies. Not only should they be avoided due to their sugar levels, but the sour flavorings make the sweets so acidic they are almost as bad as battery acid on your teeth.

– Most foods and drinks that have a sweet taste are loaded with sugars, the key ingredient to dental erosion. Bacteria in your mouth take sugars and convert them to acids in your mouth that contribute to dental erosion and cavities. Protect your smile by avoiding sugars.

– Be careful when biting into substances that are too hard for your teeth to handle. If you bite too hard you can easily break or crack your teeth. To avoid any unnecessary oral accidents and injuries, always be careful of hard foods and avoid problematic ones whenever possible, including corn on the cob and candy apples.

If you are looking to restore damaged teeth, or upgrade your smile further, contact Dr. Joseph N. Falco and our team at Pennyrile Family Dentistry. We can be reached by calling us at 270-632-6404 to book a reservation to see us at our office in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. We will be glad to help you achieve the oral health care results you strive for.