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The first advice we give out at Dr. Jose-Luis Ruiz to anyone wanting healthier gums and teeth is to brush two times a day, floss once daily and get professional teeth-cleaning regularly. The second advice we give is to cautiously screen the food and drink choices you make. Foods high in sugar and foods hard to chew especially can be harmful to your oral health. Here are some foods you should look out for:

Soft breads: Soft pieces of bread are particularly malleable, and when they get lodged between your chompers, the resultant food remnants can contribute to the growth of tooth erosion and periodontal disease. What’s more, soft breads are especially high in sugar, which converts to tooth-erosive bacterial acids when left to sit in your oral cavity for too long.

Sports drinks: Electrolytes! Colored sweat! While these things might fashion good (and even motivational) commercials, sports drinks are actually not good for your oral health. Like sodas, sports drinks contain large amounts of sugars, which contribute to the accumulation of plaque on your chompers. Leave sports drinks for athletic performances and elect for water in other situations.

Sticky foods: Sticky foods like dried fruits and certain candies stick to your pearly whites and are tricky to remove even with teeth-brushing. As most tooth decay and periodontal disease is a result of bacteria feeding on debris wedged in your mouth, foods stuck to your pearly whites can be a major problem. Next time you want to have a sticky snack, make sure to carefully rinse your mouth out with water afterward.

These tips are just the tip of the iceberg. Dr. Jose-Luis Ruiz and the staff at Dr. Jose-Luis Ruiz in Studio City, California, would love to help you learn more about foods awesome and bad for your chompers. Give us a call at 818-641-5577 now to set up your next appointment.