Growing up it may have been common in your household to hear phrases such as ‘don’t sit too close to the television’ or ‘you can go play, if you’ve finished all of your homework’ or ‘you better finish all of your vegetables’. The intention behind them was never to impede fun (even though it seemed like it at the time) but rather to set you on the right path by establishing good habits.
The older I get, the more I realize the importance of what those phrases represented. As a child, following most rules can be a tough pill to swallow but as you get older and learn why things were said in the first place you get a deeper appreciation for the whole process.
Speaking of things that are hard to swallow, actual food (mainly the same type you were probably told not to consume much of) is the biggest culprit of tooth and overall mouth issues. Here are a few items that you may want to consider thinking about before you decide to eat them:
Pickled cucumbers are a delicious treat and can be a wonderful addition to sandwiches but some studies have shown that they can also contribute to tooth decay if consumed in large amounts.
It is rather tasty, but the fact that it is usually very tough, hard to chew and can easily get stuck in your teeth makes it a candidate for this category. They can sometimes be overly sweet as well.
Crackers and Cookies
When you eat these snacks, they turn into a carbohydrate rich paste that can easily get trapped between your teeth (and bacteria love to feed on that)
These food items and others like them that may make life more difficult for your teeth don’t necessarily have to be avoided completely. After eating them (or any food for that matter) make sure you rinse your mouth out with water and floss if you can.