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Your teeth and gums are very important but can easily be damaged. Beyond the physical risks from our daily lives that can harm us, there are hidden dangers in the foods we eat that can also promote dangerous oral health situations such as tooth decay and gum disease. The battle for a great smile includes how to spot these hidden dangers and doing the best we can to avoid them.

Kick off your year with a great smile. Avoid these danger foods this year:

Acidic Foods: Many types of sour candy have a pH level comparable to battery acid, so avoidance of them is a must. In addition, even some healthy foods can be extremely acidic, such as lemons and oranges, so be sure to eat them with meals to dilute the acids in them.

Sugary Sweets: Sugar is used by bad bacteria in our mouths and converted into acids which can eat away at our tooth enamel. Foods packed with sugar include candy, soft drinks, juices, cookies, cakes, sport drinks, and various snacks.

Sticky or Hard Snacks: Sticky candy such as taffy or gummies, along with hard candy such as candy canes and lollipops can damage our teeth or can be difficult to remove via daily cleaning habits. Other easily stuck foods in our mouths include popcorn, various meat products, caramels, peanut butter, and jelly.

Fermentable carbohydrates: Fermentable carbohydrates are carbs that be broken down in our mouths into acids that can eat away at our tooth enamel. These include nearly all types of sugar such as high fructose corn syrup as well as starchy items such as donuts and white bread.

Don’t let bad habits ruin your smile. If you need an oral exam or professional cleaning by our dentist or would like book an appointment with Dr. Nicholas Nicastro Jr., call us at 631-928-2020, to schedule a visit to our office in Port Jefferson Station, New York. We look forward to making your smile the best it can be!