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Did you know that your food choices often play a key role in your oral health? What you consume can be hazardous for your health. Avoid tooth damaging foods for a healthy smile. Here are some guidelines to follow:

Hard Candies: Hard candies can actually fracture your teeth or wear out your enamel, even in miniscule ways. That’s why you’ll want to limit your exposure to such foods as lollipops or candy apples.

Sticky Snacks: Sticky snacks such as gummy worms and taffy can stick to your teeth and gums and cause damage to your mouth long after eating them.

Sugary Sweets and Drinks: Sugars can transform into harmful acids in your mouth, creating dental erosion and cavities.

Acidic Foods: Tomatoes, citrus fruits, and other acidic foods can dramatically weaken your tooth enamel and increase your risk for tooth enamel and cavities. If you choose to eat them, combine them with dairy or protein to neutralize the acids.

Sour Candies: Sour candies have a low pH level and high acidity capable of causing dental erosion and extreme tooth sensitivity, so avoid candy like Warheads or Sour Patch Kids.

If you’d like more tips on how to adjust your diet and avoid foods that are hazardous to your teeth, you can schedule an appointment with Dr. Joel Wiersum and our team at our dentist office in Kodiak, Alaska. Call us at 907-486-3475.