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Not everyone realizes, but the food we eat are intimately linked with our oral health. You must have heard, for example, soft drinks and sweets are bad for the teeth. But is this really true?

William Frossard, dentist specializing in Aesthetic Dentistry, Doctor of Periodontology, Master of Dentistry, Prosthodontics specialist, says that foods such as chocolates, soft drinks, processed snacks, among others, may even be harmful to the teeth.

"But the most important is to make the appropriate consumption of these foods and make oral hygiene after their consumption, so they do not remain in contact with the tooth - which can cause an increase in the number of bacteria present," said the dentist .

What few people know, however, it is that there are other foods apparently "innocent" who can also, in one way or another, be harmful to the teeth. It is what you can see in the list below.

1. Citrus fruits

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Frossard explains that, when consumed in an exaggerated way, citrus fruits can be harmful to teeth. "This is because, typically, they are quite acidic, and may generate an acid erosion of the teeth (harming the outermost layer of the tooth enamel), causing irreversible wear and, in addition, facilitate the appearance of tooth decay," he says.

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On the other hand, says the expert, moderate consumption can be beneficial. "Because these fruits promote increased production of saliva, helping a self-cleaning of the teeth," he explains.

The dentist also gives an important tip: "after eating fruit or citrus juices, have a glass of water. Wait twenty minutes, and brush your teeth, brush them since shortly after the consumption of citrus substances can contribute to enamel wear. "

It strengthened: it is not necessary to exclude the consumption of citrus fruits, but rather not consume them excessively.

2. Canned Food

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Pickled foods, for example, pickles, as well as citrus fruits, can harm the teeth. "That they are also highly acidic due to vinegar is put to save them," said Frossard.

The dentist stresses, however, that the problem only occurs if this type of food is consumed in excess.

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A tip to avoid eating canned food is to choose where possible by fresh vegetables.

3. Dried Fruit

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Frossard explains that dried fruits may somehow be harmful to the teeth. "Because they are devoid of water, they end up having a higher power than sticking to the tooth surface, facilitating the process of proliferation of bacteria in dental caries - that if the teeth are not brushed after consumption - as well as having a high content of sugar" he says.

So be sure to brush your teeth immediately after consuming this type of food and also do not overdo the consumption.

4. Coffee with sugar

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Frossard explains that coffee may cause an extrinsic pigment darkening of the tooth, but not enough to hurt you. "These pigments may be easily removed with the office prophylaxis and if necessary a timely dental bleaching can be performed. Importantly, the sugar added to coffee, that yes it can be the villain! "He says.

So it is a tip: avoid the most sweeten coffee. And do not overdo the intake of the drink (to prevent browning of teeth).

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5. Chewing gum

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The use of chewing gum (having sugar) is detrimental to the teeth, according to Frossard. "That's because, as they have high sugar content, can facilitate tooth decay," he says.

Already the gum without added sugar can be beneficial to oral health, if consumed in moderation, according to the expert. "The chewing gum process increases saliva production, which helps to neutralize the acids produced after intake of certain foods. In addition, saliva also serves on the remineralization of teeth mechanism, "he explains.

Thus, always opt for sugarless gum when you desire! But consume them in moderation.

6. Tomato Sauce

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Frossard points out that, if consumed in an exaggerated way, the tomato sauces can be harmful to teeth. "This is because the tomato sauces, and have many dark dyes are acid - which can lead to an erosion of enamel and dental darkening," he explains.

Preferably be done, whenever possible, a sauce with fresh tomatoes at home. And when consuming sauces purchased ready, use them sparingly.

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7. Wine

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Frossard points out that wines are not harmful to teeth - that is, if consumed moderately. And even do well for health.

But, explains the dentist, the dyes present in wine tend to "stick" the plaque. So, clean teeth are more protected.

"During a long night watered the wine, do not forget the water to follow. If gas, even better, because the carbonation will further help protect your teeth. But the important thing is not to get dry mouth, "he says.

The expert also points out that, after a few glasses of wine, saliva is sometimes dyed in the color of wine. "Before brushing them, it is important to first rinse the mouth and to decrease the acids present in the oral cavity that can harm the enamel of the teeth during brushing," guides.

8. Teas

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As well as coffee and wine, said Frossard, tea - for possessing colorants - can pigmentary enamel surface of the teeth. "The risk increases if they show any irregularities, because small particles can be retained and become spots," says.

According to the dentist, it is important to note that sugar added can be deleterious (harmful) than the stains that tea can cause.

Another aspect is the temperature. "The tooth always reacts to hot and too cold. And in response, increases the dentin layer that in essence is yellowish. So a lot of coffee and tea, as well as very hot or very cold drinks, can leave more yellow teeth, "said the expert.

For all that, the trick is not to overdo it (although the tea is taken without sugar)!

9. Almonds

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Frossard stresses that almonds do not harm teeth. But, because they are very rigid, can cause fractures in them.

"But it's important to note that this does not occur if the tooth is completely healthy," the dentist.

"To reduce the risk of this problem, choose slicing them before eating them," the expert guides.

4 types of foods beneficial to teeth

Unlike some foods that, in one way or another, can be harmful to the teeth, there are others that are known to "do well" to the health of the mouth.

William Frossard highlights the following types of foods as good options to ensure a healthy mouth:

  1. Fruits (for example, strawberry, apple etc.);
  2. Vegetables (such as cucumber etc.);
  3. Dairy (like yogurt and cheese);
  4. Fish (such as salmon).

Note that you do not need to completely delete your diet any food for fear that it might harm your teeth. The key word is moderation.

To keep your mouth healthy always, be sure to always brush your teeth after eating and regularly visit a dentist.