With the New Year everyone is trying to lose weight and eat healthy. This is a really good goal to have at any time of the year, but there are some foods that are healthy for your body that will mess up your teeth.
The first thing that I do when I’m trying to lose weight is substitute something with low calories for my usual snacks. Popcorn is a great substitute for chips and other salty snacks, but a stray kernel (and there is always a stray kernel, isn’t there?) that hits your teeth right can fracture or break your teeth. Another thing to be on the lookout for with popcorn is the stray kernel shard. Sometimes those little pieces can get right under your gums against your tooth and be nearly impossible to get out since it suctioned to the tooth.
Almonds are delicious and very healthy for you. Whole almonds are also about the relative hardness of granite. If you are chewing whole almonds to get your protein fix then you are likely to break and fracture your teeth all over the place. Let me tell you a story about a girl who used to love to eat almonds for her mid-afternoon pick-me-up. I had a lot of dental work the next year. If you really can’t give up your almonds then buy the sliced ones to snack on. They are more expensive, but the difference is that you don’t end up with thousands of dollars of dental work.
Chewing on ice creates the same problems that chewing on almonds does. Ice is harder than your teeth. I have a family member who loves to chew ice. He hates drinking water. He has had a lot of dental work as a result. You might as well be chewing on rocks if you are chewing on ice. It has the same effect on your teeth
There are some other foods that aren’t healthy for you that people tend to break their teeth on. I know that I’ve mentioned these before, but I wanted to reiterate how important this is.
Hard candy/cough drops
Please don’t chew these. If you really need cough drops because you’re sick, remember that they will help your throat the most if you suck on them. When you chew on hard candies or cough drops then you can easily fracture your teeth.
Carmel, laffy taffy, starburst, etc
Chewy, sticky candies that create suction against your teeth will pull out expensive dental work like it’s their job. It’s better to avoid eating this altogether. If you have teeth that are prone to dental problems then you should avoid these foods like they might give you the plague. Trust me the amount of money and pain that this will save you will be well worth the change in habits.