Snacking throughout the day at work on the go or during school hours can be a healthy, integral part of your day. Some snacks though are healthier than others. Likewise, others can actually be bad for your health — and your  mouth.

Snacks to Avoid

Certain foods eaten as part of a “desk diet” may actually not be as good for you as you may think. Some of the worst foods you can eat include:

  • Breakfast snacks: Foods with a lot of sugar can cause plaque buildup, which is not only detrimental for teeth but can lead to painful and sensitive orthodontic problems as well, including inflamed gums. Read all the labels on your cereal or other foods before you decide to buy. Beware that not all labels are consistently the same, and you can be eating more sugar than you may realize.
  • Dried fruit and popcorn: Low calorie popcorn and dried fruit may be healthier than other alternatives, but still have their own setbacks. Popcorn can create lactic acid in the mouth which can cause permanent damage to teeth and gums.

Other foods you should avoid eating include:

  • Corn on the cob: Soft, stringy foods can become packed between the teeth when chewing, harming gum tissues.
  • Citrus acid: Citrus-filled foods such as fruits can irritate mouth sores, increasing their size and longevity of remaining in the mouth causing pain in the gums. It can also cause tooth decay over time.
  • Ice: Chewing ice to cool down or because you enjoy the feeling is extremely detrimental to oral health. Ice can cause pain and tension in your jaw from repeated opening and closing of the mouth, as well as break down tooth enamel.

Upper Eastside Orthodontists offers a range of orthodontic care services that can improve  the health of your teeth, gums and jawline. To schedule an appointment with our New York orthodontist Dr. Tanya Vaysman, visit our website.

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