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A new year means a new opportunity to fix any mistakes we may have made last year. In regards to our oral health, we should all strive to do a better job this year to protect our precious teeth and gums. We should improve our oral health habits including our daily hygiene habits such as brushing and flossing effectively, as well as try to minimize the risks from outside influences including what we eat.

If you are looking to improve your oral health this year, here are some foods to avoid in 2017:

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.

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.

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 sugars 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 at Midtown Dental or would like book an appointment with Dr. R. Nab, call us at 713-520-0555, to schedule a visit to our office in Houston, Texas. We look forward to making your smile the best it can be!