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Never forget the importance your diet has on your smile. Although brushing and cleaning daily is important to prevent plaque buildup, you can protect your teeth at an earlier stage by lowering your risk for dental damage with the foods and drinks you consume. A poor diet results in poor oral hygiene, so protect your gumline along with your waistline by eating right and drinking healthy products.

Some products are extremely damaging to your teeth the moment they enter your mouth. This includes acidic foods which can actually begin to harm your enamel long before any cleaning methods can be used. Acidic products that cause dental erosion should be avoided at all costs. If they cannot be avoided, they should be consumed as part of a larger meal, which can help neutralize the acids they contain or create. These products include citrus fruits, tomatoes, and sugary foods and drinks.

Not all damage to your teeth occurs via dental erosion. Your teeth are always highly susceptible to oral accidents involving physical trauma to the teeth. This can be done by the foods you eat when biting into products that are simply too hard or tough for you to chew through. This can include corn on the cob, corn kernels, candy apples, and hard candy. To protect your teeth from chipping, cracking, or fracturing, always exercise caution when biting into potentially hard foods, or remove them from your diet altogether.

If you would like to learn more about food hazard tips or to book a professional cleaning with Foster Dental, contact us at our dentist office in Brooklyn, New York. Our number is 718-673-8060. Dr. Anthony Foster and our entire team look forward to your visit.