8 Foods And Drinks To Avoid

We’re yet to meet a patient who comes in hoping for a cavity or two. So unless that’s you – you probably do your best to avoid the discomfort and cost associated with a less than stellar dental checkup. Our diet plays a huge role in our dental health, so picking your foods and drinks wisely can have a major impact on the way your next appointment goes.

The staff at West Plano Modern Dentistry And Orthodontics compiled a list of the 8 worst foods and drinks for your teeth, many are no-brainers, but there may be one or two you hadn’t thought of. Give it a read and let us know your thoughts!

Love Your Smile

1.Hard, sour or sticky/chewy candy – It’s no secret that candy is bad for your teeth because of the high sugar content, but you may not realize the risks associated with hard, sour or chewy candies in particular. Hard candies are one of the top causes of chipped or cracked teeth – especially in children, while sour candies contain high levels of acids which can eat through enamel and chewy candies latch on to teeth and reek havoc in your mouth long after the treat is gone.

2. Sticky snacks like dried fruit – You may be surprised to see dried fruit on the list of no-no’s but, like sticky and chewy candy, dried fruit contains high levels of sugar and their sticky nature means they stay on and between your teeth longer.

3. Chewing ice – Say it with us, ICE IS FOR COOLING, NOT CHEWING!

4. Citrus fruits and juices – Citrus fruits like oranges, limes, lemons and even tomatoes are high in acid which is bad news for your enamel. Try to reduce your consumption of these to avoid cavities and other dental complications.

5. Starchy foods like pasta, bread, crackers and potato chips – You know, all the good stuff! 🙂 It’s pretty hard to avoid these staples, so try to remember to be extra diligent in your brushing and flossing after a starchy meal. Once exposed to saliva, starchy foods turn into a sticky, sugary paste that slides it’s way between your teeth where it can do some pretty serious damage.

6. Coffee, Tea and Soda – No surprise here! Not only do these drinks stain and discolor teeth, their (typically) high sugar content makes them another on the long list of cavity-causers.

7. Alcohol – Consumption of alcohol actually reduces the saliva in your mouth which leaves your teeth vulnerable. Saliva is our first line of defense in washing away foods and drinks that cling to our teeth and gums, so reduced saliva = reduced natural protection.

8. Sports and Energy Drinks – These are especially tough to avoid in the summer at baseball games and soccer practice, but sports and energy drinks are just as bad for teeth as a big fizzy glass of soda. Whenever possible, opt for a big glass of cold water to help beat the heat and stay hydrated!

Protect Your Athlete & Their Smile

Plano Athlete Mouth Guards

Summer sports are kicking off which means it’s time to start thinking about how best to protect your young athlete and their smile. From football to hockey, baseball to rugby, mouth protectors help cushion a blow to the face, minimizing the risk of broken teeth and injuries to the lips, tongue, face or jaw. But with so many options available how do you decide which is best for your child?

Custom-made mouth guards tend to be the most comfortable option since they are created specifically for the athlete. Unlike other styles of mouth guards, custom guards are made by a dentist or dental laboratory after an impression of the teeth is taken. It’s important to note that teeth shift and move over time – especially for young people – so even a custom-made mouth guard will only really last for one season.

Boil and bite mouth guards are very affordable and can be purchased at most sporting goods stores. To fit a boil and bite guard, simply boil the pre-formed guard in water, then bite down into the warm plastic to shape the guard to the teeth. This style of mouth guard tends to offer a better fit than stock mouth protectors, but can be a bit bulkier than a custom-made mouth guard.

Stock mouth guards are inexpensive, pre-formed and ready to wear. These are generally the least comfortable option as they are not fitted to the athlete which means they are the most likely to fall out. Stock mouth guards can be very bulky which may make breathing more difficult.

Need to have a custom-made mouth guard created for your son or daughter? West Plano Modern Dentistry And Orthodontics would love to help! Call us at 972-403-7364 or stop by our office conveniently located at the SW corner of Dallas North Tollway and W Park Blvd in the Home Depot Shopping Center next to Potbelly’s Sandwich Shop!

5-Star Patient Review: Kay

At West Plano Modern Dentistry And Orthodontics, the care and comfort of our patients is our #1 priority. Let’s face it, going to the dentist can be a stressful experience – especially if it’s been a while since your last visit. But as our good friend and patient Kay discovered, the dentist’s office doesn’t have to be a place of fear or anxiety. Our friendly staff is here to ensure you are well informed, relaxed and most importantly, healthy.

Want to check us out for yourself? Give us a call at 972-403-7364 to schedule your $59 cleaning, exam and digital X-Rays!

5-Star Patient Reviews for West Plano Modern Dentistry

“I highly recommend this place. In the past, I’ve had a root canal done by a different dentist in the Plano area. It was the worst experience. So after avoiding the dentist for too many years, I decided to give Modern Dentistry a try.

It turned out, due to my neglect, I had gum disease and needed a root canal and two crowns. After going here for a few years now, because of a few laser treatments and now regular cleanings, my gums are healthier.

When it was time for my root canal, I was very scared and nervous. Dr. Mitra Partow, made me feel comfortable and honestly the root canal was not that bad. She is a pro.

The gentlemen at the front desk, Cornell, was super helpful and made me feel comfortable as well. It’s nice to know my teeth are in good hands.”

-Kay Coleman
Originally Posted to Facebook
August 2, 2016