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The foods you eat can have a major impact on your teeth and your oral health. Here are some foods to avoid or reduce for a mouth health.

Ice is designed for cooling off drinks, not for chewing! Crunching ice can leave teeth vulnerable to dental emergencies like chipped or cracked teeth and damaged enamel.

Potato chips and other starchy foods can cling to your teeth. If you choose to snack on such foods, be sure to floss carefully that day to remove food particles, which can lead to plaque build-up.

Sports drinks and energy drinks are often designed to provide energy, or calories, and flavor. However, this can mean a lot of sugar! In fact, sugar is the number one ingredient in most sports and energy drinks. Before your next workout, make sure your drink is low in sugar–or better yet, drink plain water.

Sticky foods such as dried fruit can bring harm to the mouth because they stick to your teeth. If you eat sticky foods often, be sure to rinse your mouth with plain water afterward. Remember to brush and floss carefully after eating sticky food!

Citrus: Consistent exposure to the acids present in citrus can lead to tooth damage, as it wears away the enamel. This causes teeth to be more susceptible to decay. Next time you reach for a squeeze of lemon, try plain water instead.

Hard candy may seem innocent, but consistent exposure to sugar can be damaging to your teeth. Additionally, hard candies bring trouble as they can trigger dental emergencies such as a chipped or cracked tooth.

While occasional indulgence can be fun, reducing these foods can help ensure a happy, healthy smile! You can also call our practice, Sweeney Utterback Dentistry in Virginia Beach, Virginia at 757.222.3737 for more tips on keeping your smile healthy.