Four Types of Food to Chew Carefully

You’ve probably heard the dangers of consuming too much sugar and the inevitable consequence of tooth decay, but did you know that the type of food you eat can be as harmful as individual items and dishes? Here are four types of food to chew carefully:

1. Icy

Water is the best drink option when it comes to your teeth, but when in solid form, it can do more harm than good. Chewing on ice puts you at risk of harming your mouth and damaging your enamel. Particularly cold foods also irritate tooth sensitivity.

2. Sticky

Sticky food, when chewed, becomes easily wedged between the teeth. If neglected, the food particles will result in plaque that attacks the enamel of your teeth.

3. Crunchy

When chewed, crunchy foods become sharp and can cut your mouth, resulting in sores. Crunchy foods are also capable of breaking the wires of braces. Some crunchy foods, like potato chips, contain starch, which become trapped between your teeth.

4. Citrusy

While citrusy foods are great for your overall health, the high acid content erodes your enamel, leaving your teeth vulnerable to tooth decay. If you really want to drink a citrusy juice, using a straw will minimize contact of the acid with your teeth.

If you have questions in regards to safely incorporating these four food types into your diet, feel free to contact Dr. Lee Sharp and Dr. Quinn Martin at 541.673.3552 or pay a visit to Smiles Dental in Roseburg, Oregon.