There are currently 3 million people in the U.S. that have dental implants, and that number is growing by about 500,000 each year. There are dozens of factors contributing to the nationwide decrease in dental care and tooth durability, but the foods and beverages Americans are consuming could be at the helm.
According to Insider, there are a select few foods and drinks that Americans are regularly consuming that are actually worse than candy for your teeth. Unfortunately, despite the risk to our teeth, our national affinity for energy drinks, caffeine, and alcohol is unlikely to go away anytime soon. However, those aren’t the only hazards to your teeth.
If you want to avoid damage to your teeth, then avoid these damaging products:
Because coffee contains tannic acids, this fan favorite can actually cause some serious dental damage. In addition to dark stains on the teeth, the acid splashing around inside the mouth can break down tooth enamel and lead to additional decay as well. Since 65% of all coffee drinkers prefer to add sugar and/or cream to their drinks, this beverage can be even more damaging. As long as coffee is being enjoyed in moderation (and without sugar), it shouldn’t be much of a problem for healthy individuals.
But it’s fruit! Fruit is healthy, right?.
Sadly, when fruit is dried, it’s not nearly as healthy as it could be. When fruit is dried, all of the water is removed, leading to the already damaging sugars to become extremely concentrated. Chewing dried fruit is actually similar to chewing sticky caramel and can trap all kind of bacteria and sugars on the teeth and lead to severe damage.
Fish Shaped Crackers
Salty, fish-shaped crackers become chewy after a few seconds, and that can be a major problem for dental health. The sticky food products grab bacteria and remain attached to the teeth for extended periods of time, subsequently causing more and more damage.
If you love sparkling water, then you’re probably saddened to see it on this list. However, we have good news.
There has been a lot of speculation within the dental community regarding sparkling water, but it look like this beverage actually is safe for dental health and enamel durability.
According to U.S. News, Dr. Edmont Hewlett, a professor in the University of California-Los Angeles School of Dentistry, found that when a person drinks sparkling water, carbon dioxide breaks down inside the mouth and becomes carbonic acid that isn’t actually harmful to the human body or the tooth enamel.
“There is a theoretical risk of tooth erosion, but the drinks would have to be consumed over a long period of time,” added Damien Walmsley, a professor of dentistry at the University of Birmingham in England. “My advice is to keep acidic drinks to meal times, and if you have to sip drinks between meals, then plain water is the safest.”
Hewlett ads that the best way to prevent any serious damage or address any dental concerns is to speak with an experienced dental professional.
If you did recently receive dental implants, keep in the mind the following to ensure a successful recovery:
- Do not disturb the surgical area until three or four days following the implants.
- Use cold packs or ice bags wrapped in paper towels to minimize facial swelling.
- Avoid drinking liquids with a straw and refrain from vigorous rinsing or spitting.
- Since smoking will delay the healing process, try and not smoke for at least two to three days after surgery (or at all).