With the new year upon us, many want to rid ourselves of the bad habits of the past and embrace good habits for the future. We might want to be more organized, start a more proactive morning routine, or even change up our diet, so we feel and look better. Changing your diet will not only help your body and mind, it will also help your teeth!

At Denmark Dental in Eagan, your oral care is most important to us. We want to make sure you start the new year off right, by learning the best ways to care for your teeth and gums. Our dentist in Eagan is always here to guide you to your best possible smile. However, it is up to you to carry out the task.

Let’s learn how: by throwing out all the junk we put into our bodies

Hard Candy

Lollipops have been a staple for a sweet treat for decades. One of the most delicious candies and a classic is the smooth caramel Werthers, and let’s not forgot about Jolly Ranchers. These candies are tasty, but they can be extremely harmful for your teeth. One of the main reasons is the sugar content in the candies. The other is that hard candies can lead to dental emergencies more times than not due to chipping a tooth or even cracking one. If you get a craving for a candy, try chewing on some sugar-free gum.

Ice

Some of us may have a habit of eating ice when we are done drinking a beverage or just eating it randomly throughout the day. This habit is one that needs to be broken. Chewing on ice is harmful because, similar to hard candies, biting it the wrong way can lead to a dental emergency due to a crack or chip. Water is not supposed to be consumed in it’s solid form: enjoy water the way it was intended.

Citrus

Even though orange juice is good for you, because of all the vitamin C, it needs to be consumed in moderation. Citrus foods and drinks are acidic which can break down the enamel of your teeth, leaving them vulnerable to all types of dental ailments. One of the biggest issues with an abundance of citrus is the possibility of tooth decay. Water is going to be the best drink to have to keep you hydrated and healthy.

Coffee

Coffee is one of those beverages that helps us get going in the morning. It keeps us energized and ready for most tasks. Black coffee is the most beneficial, but many of us don’t love its bitter taste, so we add cream and sugar. Adding the sugar, staining your teeth over time, acidity, and drying out your mouth is what makes the coffee harmful. All these things cause bacteria to be more present. If you drink coffee, make sure you are also drinking water consistently to help your teeth and gums stay happy and healthy.

Here are just some of the things that may be harming your oral health. Our dentist in Eagan wants to ensure you know all the facts to keep your smile perfect and your gums healthy. Always make sure you are coming to see us for your semi-annual cleanings and try to maintain a beneficial diet for not only your body, but your oral health! Check out our next blog with even more foods and drinks you need to watch out for in Eagan!