Being health conscious is good for your mind, body, and soul. It is also something that has recently risen in popularity as more and more people find new healthy ways of living.
New diets such as vegan, raw, and whole foods have become increasingly popular as food knowledge and the harmful effects of sugar, additives, and preservatives have become available to the general public. Eating healthy and raw foods is always the best option, as they are less likely to be packed with harmful sugar that can cause unwanted plaque and cavities.
However, there are health foods that when consumed in large amounts can be harmful to our teeth and can actually cause a fair amount of damage. That’s why it is always important to consume, even these seemingly healthy foods, in moderation.
Apples, especially those of the organic variety, are a great healthy snack option for anyone who lives the raw or whole foods lifestyle. However, while packed with vitamins, apples are also full of enamel harming acids and natural sugars. Make sure you don’t eat too many fruits high in acid and sugar, and if you do indulge, rinse your mouth afterwards.
Brown gold, many of us can’t function without our cup of morning brew. While coffee has many health benefits such as being high in antioxidants, it is highly acidic, which can negatively impact our oral health. Many of us also add harmful sweeteners to our coffee, so if you do enjoy a morning pick me up, try to do it without any sweeteners.
- Overly Chewy Foods
There are many health foods that are easy to snack on once they have been dried and turned into portable snacks. However, many fruits that are dried become dreadfully sticky and can attach to our teeth in hard to reach places. These dried fruits and snacks also contain natural, and in many cases added sugar, which can cause serious damage. If you do eat sticky snacks, make sure they are sugar free, or at least have no added sugars.
- Citrus Fruits
While citrus fruits are packed with vitamins, especially the all-essential Vitamin C, they are also extremely high in acid that eats enamel. Again, cutting all citrus fruits isn’t necessary or even recommended, but an overabundance can be harmful. Remember to eat citrus in moderation and wash your mouth after you enjoy your tropical treats.
While carbohydrates are an essential part of our diets, we also have to be careful, as too much bread can be harmful. A lot of bread is baked with sugar, especially white bread; so make sure you are checking those food labels for any added cavity causing sugars. Also, be careful when giving white breads to your kids, as what could be a healthy turkey sandwich could actually be packed with unhealthy sweeteners.