Most people in Comox Valley get that candy and other sugary foods can pose a threat to good dental hygiene. However, most don’t realize there are other everyday foods that can also be damaging to their teeth. That’s why it’s important to limit your consumption of these three detrimental foods and brush promptly after every meal. Regular cleanings from the hygiene team at Courtenay Dental Health & Implant Centre will help prevent bacteria, plaque and acid from eroding your sparkling smile.

Careful with the Coffee

Most people have at least one cup of coffee every day, if not more. Coffee isn’t inherently problematic, however, it can present multiple problems for your teeth if you aren’t careful. Over time, continual coffee consumption can stain teeth. While this doesn’t negatively affect your dental hygiene, it can affect your self-image. However, the real danger with coffee is in the sweetener. Adding too much to your morning cup can allow sugar accumulate on your teeth and erode enamel.

Avoid Acid

Over the holiday season, it’s not uncommon for people to share mandarin oranges with one another. While we are fully in support of the spirit of giving, just make sure you aren’t consuming too many at once. Citrus fruits are highly acidic and allowing the juices to linger in your mouth can also damage your teeth, making them more prone to cavities.

Don’t Chew Ice

At many restaurants, servers are quick to provide iced water for everyone at the table. Inevitably, someone finishes their drink before the food arrives and begins chewing on the ice cubes left in their glass. What they don’t realize is that chewing ice can apply substantial pressure to their teeth which can damage or weaken them. Leave the ice in the glass.

Don’t let these common foods threaten your dental hygiene. Create a home care routine for your teeth that includes brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily. Request regular appointments at Courtenay Dental Health & Implant Centre in Comox Valley at least twice a year to keep your mouth as healthy as possible.