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Those healthy foods may be great for your diet, but unfortunately, not so great for your teeth. According to your Walla Walla family dentist, some healthy foods that you enjoy may not be the best for oral health.

Are Healthy Carbs Really Healthy?

Dr. Karmy explains that cutting out white flour, white bread, potatoes and white rice is awesome. However, the wheat and whole grain alternatives are just as bad. Because you metabolize carbs into sugar through your saliva, you are still producing acids that will wear away the enamel on your teeth. Whole grains are just as damaging as they can get stuck between your teeth.

Dark Foods and Liquids

According to your family dentist in Walla Walla, eliminating tea, coffee, and red wine because of staining is a step in the right direction. Curry sauce could be just as bad. Blueberries, cranberries, strawberries, and even barbecue sauce can cause tooth stains.

Citrus and Teeth

Grapefruits, Kiwi, oranges, limes, lemons, tomatoes and apples, yes apples, are loaded with natural sugars. However, it is the nature of the fruit itself that can cause the majority of the damage. Eat citrus fruits with other foods and rinse after enjoying.

Teeth and Dried Fruit

Great for the waistline, but bad for teeth, dried apricots, papaya, figs, dates, and mango’s can cause serious tooth damage. Just like gummy bears, sticky fruits will stay lodged between your teeth and can be just as bad as that saltwater taffy you gave up to lose weight.

Sports and Energy Drinks

Energy drinks and those sports drinks that you like to consume after a workout may be your favorite treat after pumping iron, but the truth is, they are packed with tooth eroding acids and sugar. Also, drink water after your aerobics class and leave the energy and sports drinks on the shelf.

If you would like more information regarding healthy food for your body and your teeth, call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. Karmy from Wheatland Family Dentistry today.

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