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Your Summer Diet

By: Dr. Elizabeth Craig | June 6, 2016

“What are these spots on my teeth?”

“I brush my teeth like I’m supposed to, why do I keep getting cavities?”


I often have patients who have questions on why their teeth are hurting or why certain colors are showing up. Other than brushing your teeth regularly and flossing, your diet has a big impact on your dental health. This summer make healthy choices for your body — and for your teeth!


Here are a few of the common suspects that corrupt teeth:


  1. Coffee and dark pops: These often can leave stains on the teeth, even when brushing regularly. A tip to avoid stains while still drinking what you love – use a straw! This keeps the majority of liquid away from your teeth.
  2. Foods high in citrus: These are fine in moderation, but can erode enamel, making teeth more susceptible to decay over time. Be sure to brush shortly after eating to avoid the problem. Foods like tomatoes and pineapple can also irritate mouth sores.
  3. Foods that crunch: These are so tasty (chips, pretzels, popcorn), but also filled with starch which tends to get trapped in your teeth. As long as you take extra care to floss and brush at night, they will be okay.
  4. Anything too sugary: The worst foods people can eat are sugary gum and hard candies that stay in your mouth for an extended amount of time. In addition, chewy, sugary foods are the reason why you can brush your teeth and still get cavities, because the sugars and chewy parts of the food can get caught in the cracks of teeth and are very difficult to get out. A solution is making sure to brush, floss, and use mouthwash to get out the trapped foods that the brush cannot.


These top problems impacting dental health are easily avoidable when the items are consumed in moderation and properly treated by the end of the day.


I look forward to seeing your smile soon!