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Do you maintain a healthy diet? You could be putting your teeth at an increased risk of damage according to what you eat. Many foods can increase the rate at which tooth decay can occur, while some can cause oral accidents or injuries to take place, and others can be so acidic that they eat right through tooth enamel. For a comprehensive list of foods and habits to avoid, see the following:

– Avoid hard foods and candy, such as giant candy canes, lollipops, popcorn kernels, and popcorn balls, as they regularly chip and crack teeth or easily become lodged between teeth.
– Limit or avoid foods and drinks with stacks of sugar and carbs, which can be converted in your mouth into harmful acids capable of eating through tooth enamel.
– Avoid or limit sticky and gummy sweets, as they frequently linger in your mouth long after consumption, vastly increasing your risk for plaque buildup and tooth decay to occur.
– Avoid sour candy, as it has an extremely high acidic content, with some brands having an acidity that is nearly as acidic as car battery acid.
– Some foods and drinks that have high acidity should be avoided, such as citrus fruits and fruit drinks, but if you must consume them, do so as part of a larger meal to help neutralize their acids.

If you would like Dr. Eli J. Lawrence and our team at Eli Lawrence, DDS to bring you in for an oral examination to determine which treatment is best for you, please contact our dentist office in Chicago, Illinois, by calling us at 312-236-9895. We can get you on the path to smiles for miles!