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Fighting tooth decay begins at the dinner table. The foods and drinks you consume will have a lasting effect on your oral health. Although there are many activities such as smoking or contact sports that can put your teeth and gums at risk, foods can be just as dangerous. Knowing what to eat and what not to eat can help you keep your smile bright for a lifetime of joy.

The first step in improving your oral health includes removing sugary substances from your diet. Sugars are dangerous to our mouths because they can be converted into harmful acids within our mouths and are capable of chewing through our precious tooth enamel. Some sugary substances, especially sour sweets and treats, tend to have an extremely low pH level and thus are highly acidic. In fact, some pH levels in sour candies are so low they are nearly equal to car battery acid.

Not all oral health dangers at the dinner table take place over time. Some of the effects can be immediate. If you are not careful, you could find yourself biting off more than you can chew. This can lead to chips, cracks, fractures, splits, and broken teeth. Although our teeth are strong, they are not designed to bite or tear through extremely hard materials. Exercise caution when trying to bite through foods that may be excessively hard.

If you would like to speak with Dr. Rani Ramnath and our team about your oral health care options, please schedule an appointment at our dentist office of Hoke Road Dental in Clayton, Ohio, by calling 937-832-8000. We will do our best to help you in any way we can.