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Food that  damage your teeth are various.

Good oral health can be maintained by brushing your teeth twice a day, and by paying regular trips to the dentist, such as Bristol dentist Cornelius Krause, who can check your teeth and gums for any signs of decay. However, you can also keep tooth decay at bay by avoiding certain foods, and we’ve made a list of some of the worst offenders.

Boiled sweets

Sweets that you suck are a dentist’s worst nightmare, as they effectively give the teeth a sugar bath. Not only that, but they can also trigger a broken tooth.

Ice

People are often surprised by this, as ice is made from water and doesn’t contain sugar, but sugar is not the only thing that can damage your teeth – crunching down on anything hard (like the boiled sweets listed above) can damage tooth enamel and increase your risk of an emergency trip to the dentist with a chipped or broken tooth.

Citrus fruits

Again, this one may come as a surprise, because we are led to believe that all fruit intake has major health benefits. Although you should not avoid citrus fruits entirely, do be aware that they have a very high acid content, which can be harmful to teeth, and can also irritate mouth sores and ulcers.

Dried fruit

Although dried fruits can be a very healthy snack, they are also sticky, which is not great for your teeth. Be sure to rinse with water after eating them, and to brush and floss carefully to remove any sticky residue.

Starchy foods

Bread, crisps and potatoes tend to leave a starchy build-up on the teeth which can lead to plaque. If you have a carb habit, remember to floss carefully after eating to try to minimise the damage to your teeth.

So long as you brush and floss thoroughly, twice a day, and pay regular visits to the dentist, there is no reason why you shouldn’t be able to enjoy all of these things occasionally, but if you do have concerns, or would like to book an appointment with a dental surgeon here at CK Dental in Bristol, please click here.

The season of love is just around the corner and we all want to look our best for that romantic evening out – or in! But it’s not just about red lipstick and high heels – poor oral health can be a real passion killer, so here are our top tips to keep your breath sweet and your pearly whites just that this Valentine’s Day.

Swap the claret for champagne

Red wine may be a romantic accompaniment to a Valentine’s meal, but it can cause permanent staining to the teeth if you drink it too often, not to mention the obvious staining to the teeth and tongue at the time of drinking – not really anyone’s most seductive look! Of course, all dentists would advise that you avoid alcohol entirely, as the sugars in it will stick to the teeth and cause tooth decay, but if abstention is unrealistic, then the team here at CK Dental in Bristol recommends that you stick to a small amount of sparkling white wine and follow it with a glass of water, to help wash away the sugars and avoid a hangover.

Say it with flowers

If you can, steer clear of sweet treats all together, and give your loved one a beautiful bouquet of flowers this Valentine’s Day. If you can’t manage that…

Stick with high quality chocolates

Like Christmas, Valentine’s Day is a time when chocolates and sweets are abundant, and it’s difficult to avoid temptation. If you must indulge, however, dental surgeon Cornelius Krause, of CK Dental in Bristol, recommends that you stick to high quality chocolate, with a cocoa content of 50% or above, as these will contain less sugar than cheaper versions.

Brush, brush, brush!

Above all – and as on any other day of the year – the most important thing, no matter what you eat or drink, is to brush your teeth thoroughly, twice a day. If you have eaten a few sugar-heavy items, then give your teeth an extra brush, about half an hour after eating.

For more information on the treatments offered here at CK Dental in Bristol, or to book an appointment with our dental surgeon, Cornelius Krause, click here.