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Dental erosion occurs when plaque bacteria eat into your tooth enamel, causing cavities, gum disease and other issues. Much of this erosion is caused or fueled by the foods you eat. If you want to avoid dental erosion, consider limiting or eliminating these foods and beverages from your diet:

1. Sugar Candy: Candy usually has high amounts of sugar, which gives the microbes in your mouth their own food, energizing them to bore holes in your enamel. Hard and sour candies are especially bad for your teeth.

2. Soda: Pop has high amounts of sugar, and the carbonation dries out your mouth, preventing your saliva from washing away trace food particles and neutralizing the acid in your mouth.

3. Sticky food: Foods like dried fruit, caramels, or tootsie rolls stay on your teeth longer than any other kind of food, breaking down its natural barriers.

4. Starchy foods: Have you noticed how after you eat a potato chip or cracker, the leftover food particles tend to cling to your teeth? This is because of the starch in the food.

We understand that eliminating all of these foods entirely may be unpractical. You may choose to limit them instead and take special care of your smile when you partake. Try drinking water and chewing sugarless gum afterward to wash away residual food particles. Be sure to give your mouth a daily taste of fluoride – whether that be your toothpaste, drinking water or fluoride tablets. Fluoride will help build back your tooth enamel.

Come see Dr. Anthony Foster at Foster Dental for your semi-annual dental cleaning and exam, and we’ll help you keep your smile strong. Simply call 718-673-8060 in Brooklyn, New York, to make an appointment. We’re here to serve.