With the arrival of the new year many of us have made a list of resolutions most likely centered on self-improvement. We plan to eat healthier, commit to an exercise regimen, or simply devote more time to others. New Year’s resolutions are a great way to renew your focus and become a better version of yourself.
If you have not yet decided on a resolution that you can keep for the entirety of 2015 (and hopefully for many years after!), Frederick dentist Dr. Nils Olson would like to offer a simple solution: be kind to your teeth! Your teeth are not only aesthetically important, but good oral health is critical for total body health. Making a renewed effort to improve your oral health can be as simple as tweaking your diet to avoid foods that are detrimental to your pearly whites. Because some foods are sugary and high in calories, making these tiny adjustments in the foods you eat will not only keep your teeth in tip top shape, but it could also help you reach your fitness and wellness goals as well! Here is a list of foods and beverages that Dr. Olson suggests limiting as much as possible:
- Hard candies are full of sugar and can even trigger a dental emergency such as a chipped or cracked tooth. Yikes!
- Ice. This may seem counterintuitive since water is vitally important, but chewing on ice can cause cracked enamel. Do yourself a favor and stick to water in its liquid form!
- Citrus such as lemon or lime is highly acidic and can erode tooth enamel and irritate mouth sores.
- Dried fruit and other sticky foods are your mouth’s worst foe. While dried fruit appears to be an appealing alternative to candy, it also contains added sugar and can cause significant damage due to its tendency to linger on teeth.
- Alcohol can cause dehydration and reduced saliva over time, leading to gum disease and tooth decay
We understand that the foods listed are tempting and may be difficult to avoid entirely. Remember to brush and floss diligently and visit us for your regularly scheduled check-ups if you do decide to indulge!