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Improve your smile by improving your diet. You could be putting your teeth at a bigger risk of damage based on what you eat. Many foods can increase the rate at which tooth decay can occur, while some can cause oral accidents or injuries to occur, and others can be so acidic that they chew right through tooth enamel. For a closer look at foods and habits to avoid, see the following:

– Avoid or limit sticky and gummy sweets, as they repeatedly linger in your mouth long after consumption, vastly increasing your risk for plaque buildup and tooth decay to occur.

– Avoid hard foods and candy, such as giant candy canes, lollipops, popcorn kernels, and popcorn balls, as they habitually chip and crack teeth or easily become lodged between teeth.

– Avoid sour candy, as it has an extremely low pH, with some brands having an acidity that is nearly the same as car battery acid.

– Some foods and drinks that have high acidity should be avoided as snacks, such as citrus fruits and fruit drinks, but if you must consume them, do so as part of a larger meal to help neutralize their acids.

– Limit or avoid foods and drinks with lots of sugar and carbs, which can be changed in your mouth into harmful acids capable of eating through tooth enamel.

If you would like a professional cleaning or oral exam, please book an appointment with Dr. John Lee at our dentist office in Fresno, California, by calling us at 559-439-9621. Our team at John Lee, DDS looks forward to bringing your smile back to its fullest.