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What Foods Should I Stay Away from to Prevent Needing to see an Oral Surgeon?


Posted on 2/22/2021 by Pacific Oral and Facial Surgery Center
What Foods Should I Stay Away from to Prevent Needing to see an Oral Surgeon?Keeping teeth clean and the oral cavity free of disease and decay is a lifelong commitment. Brushing and flossing every day at least twice is necessary to keep the bacteria which can damage teeth at bay. If the bacteria are not kept off of teeth, it can turn aggressive and become tartar and plaque both of which can damage not only the tooth's enamel but the soft tissues of the gums and mouth.

Believe it or not, diet can greatly impact the overall health of the oral cavity too. Patients who eat sticky foods which are more difficult to clean off of teeth can face more problems than those who do not. Also, any food or drink with a high acid content should be avoided too as they can break down tooth enamel faster than those with lower acidity.

When the patient's diet is unhealthy and their oral health practices are poor, it is a recipe for disaster. This can lead to widespread decay and even periodontal disease. When gum disease sets in, it can wreak

Foods to Avoid


There are some obvious foods to avoid with regard to taking care of oral cavity health but there are some that might be surprising. Obviously, candy is not a healthy choice but sour candy, in particular, have a much higher acidic content and can be particularly bad for teeth. Carbonated drinks also have a high acid content and should be ingested in moderation. Alcohol should also be ingested in moderation because it can dry out the mouth. When a mouth is dry, saliva cannot remove the dangerous bacteria off of teeth and gums which can give them a foothold in the mouth. The most surprising food however is bread. When it begins to break down it becomes a paste and can get caught in crevices between teeth making it difficult to remove.

We are here to help ensure you are not impacting your teeth with the foods you are eating. For more information, please give us a call.
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