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Keep your smile and your diet healthy. You could be putting your smile at an increased risk of damage based on what you eat. Many foods can increase the rate at which tooth decay can arise, while some can cause oral accidents or injuries to occur, and others can be so acidic that they eat right through tooth enamel. For a detailed list of foods and habits to cut out of your diet and lifestyle, see the following:

– Avoid or limit sticky and gummy sweets, as they are known to linger in your mouth long after consumption, vastly increasing your risk for plaque buildup and tooth decay to occur.

– Limit or avoid foods and drinks with buckets of sugar and carbs, which can be converted in your mouth into harmful acids capable of eating through tooth enamel.

– Avoid sour candy, as it has an exceedingly high acidic content, with some brands having an acidity that is nearly the same as car battery acid.

– Avoid hard foods and candy, such as giant candy canes, lollipops, popcorn kernels, and popcorn balls, as they are known to chip and crack teeth or easily become lodged between teeth.

– Many foods and drinks that have high acidity should never be eaten as snacks, such as citrus fruits and fruit drinks, but if you must consume them, do so as part of a larger meal to help neutralize their acids.

If you would like to have your teeth and gums inspected by our team at Central Illinois Smiles, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Amanda Lewis and our team at our dentist office in Decatur, Illinois. To schedule a visit, please call us at 217.877.1742. We look forward to seeing you soon!