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Unhealthy foods can damage your smile. You could be putting your teeth at a greater risk of damage based on what you eat. Many foods can increase the rate at which tooth decay can transpire, while some can cause oral accidents or injuries to occur, and others can be so acidic that they eat right through tooth enamel. For a detailed list of foods and habits to evade, see the following:

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

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

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

– Some foods and drinks that have high acidity should never be consumed 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.

– Avoid sour candy, as it has a tremendously high acidic content, with some brands having an acidity that is nearly the same as car battery acid.

If you are interested in a professional cleaning from G. Larry Leonakis DDS Inc. at our dentist office in Carson City, Nevada, call us as 775-882-0635. Dr. Larry Leonakis and our team want to ensure your teeth remain clean for a lifetime to come.