At the office of My Downey Dental , we help you to have a healthier smile by teaching you about foods you should not eat in excess. Certain foods can harm your dental health, so we suggest avoiding them in order to keep your smile in good condition. Contact our dentist in Downey, California, if you want to learn more about the foods you should avoid.

One of the most common types of foods to avoid are those high in sugar. Sugar contributes to tooth decay because it feeds the plaque bacteria that collect on teeth. These bacteria then produce acids which eat away at the tooth enamel that surrounds and protects your teeth. We also suggest avoiding chewy foods (bagels, licorice) and sticky foods (caramels, gum). These foods tend to linger on teeth, increasing your risk for tooth decay. Additionally, some of these foods can cause dental restorations and braces to detach from teeth.

Other types of foods to avoid are crunchy foods (popcorn, ice, chips), hard foods (nuts, candy), foods you bite into (corn on the cob, apples, carrots), and chewing on hard things (pens, fingernails, pencils). These foods are harmful because they can crack or chip teeth and cause damage to dental restorations and braces. Additionally, these foods can cause teeth to shift in your mouth. If you would like to have suggestions for better food alternatives, then call us today.