Dr. Michael J. Wei, DDS, PC
Manhattan Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Michael J. Wei is a top dentist specializing in general, cosmetic and restorative dentistry including smile makeovers, invisalign braces, dental implants and more.

Could Your Eating Habits Be Putting Your Teeth at Risk?

Although sticking to a conscientious regimen of brushing, flossing, and seeing your dentist regularly is essential for maintaining good oral health, your diet also has a significant impact. Some foods, such as crunchy vegetables and calcium-rich milk, support your oral health, while others increase the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. At your next dental checkup, ask your dentist about your diet and any changes you could be making to have healthier teeth and gums. You may also want to consider taking some of these foods off your plate:

Sticky Food

Sticky foods cling to your teeth long after you’re done eating, which allows them to feed the bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease for longer. Sticky candies are major culprits, but even foods that may seem healthy, such as dried fruits, can also have the same effect. If you eat sticky foods, try to brush and floss soon afterwards to remove them from the surfaces of your teeth. If you can’t brush and floss, rinse your mouth with water to lessen the effects.

Coffee and Tea

Coffee and tea are two of the worst offenders when it comes to staining your teeth, but the damage they can do is more than cosmetic. The caffeine in coffee and tea dries out your mouth, which means you have less saliva to protect your teeth from plaque and bacteria. If you add sugar or flavors to your coffee and tea, you will bathe your teeth in a sugary solution with every sip, which dramatically increases the risk of oral health problems.

Citrus Fruit

Citrus fruits, like oranges and lemons, can be good for you in small quantities. However, eating them too often will strip your teeth of enamel, thanks to the acids in the fruits. When you lose tooth enamel, your teeth are left vulnerable to decay, stains, and sensitivity.

When you visit Dr. Michael J. Wei for a dental checkup, our team will give you the information you need to improve your oral health. To schedule your appointment at our dentist office in Manhattan, dial (212) 982-4080.


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