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Your diet plays a key role in your oral health, as the substances you consume can potentially be dangerous for your health. This can especially have an effect when wearing braces where foods can get lodged. Listed below are various ingredients and varieties of food that are hazardous for your oral health:

– Sugary foods and foods high in carbs are bad for your health and your mouth. Avoid sugary sweets and treats, as they can be converted into harmful acids in your mouth that cause dental erosion.

– Sticky and chewy foods are highly dangerous to your oral health because they linger long after mealtime. The longer substances are in contact with your teeth and gums, the longer tooth decay and gum disease can occur.

– Products that are naturally highly acidic are capable of eroding the tooth enamel and should be limited or avoided altogether. Never eat acidic products as snacks, but instead add them to larger meals to help neutralize the acids.

– Be careful what you bite. Tough or hard foods are more than capable of breaking teeth if they cannot be easily bitten into. Exercise caution when biting into any foods or substances that may seem tough or hard.

If you are in need of an oral health care treatment from our team at Patritto Orthodontics at our office in Ottumwa, Iowa, please contact us at 641-682-8143 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Dwayne Patritto. The path to a healthy smile starts today!