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Forming the right food menu for you and your family has become trickier than ever. Fast, delicious foods saturate our options, but their taste and convenience often come at the expenditure of our health. We’ve amassed a list of a few foods you can watch out for when creating menus helpful to your oral health. Read on below to find out more:

Lollipops or hard candy. Because lollipops are practically purely sugar (and lots of it), they help fashion bacterial acids in your oral cavity that can erode teeth. As if that weren’t bad enough, they’re hard enough to break or chip your chompers. Watch out for sugary, tough candies if you want to keep your dental health solid.

Potato chips. Carbohydrates (sugars) feed bacteria in your oral cavity, and starchy carbohydrates, in particular, are prone to sticking to chompers. And though they might be fun to eat, potato chips are a starchy carbohydrate food source that can destroy your chompers. To top it off (literally), potato chips are often coated with sugary spice blends for flavoring.

Soda. When you drink a soda, you’re giving the bacteria in your oral cavity an awesome feeding source — awesome for them, but destructive for your pearly whites. Bacteria change the sugars in food into acid, so sodas can quickly become hurtful for your oral health if you don’t drink them alongside water and rinse out your mouth with toothpaste frequently.

Wondering about what other foods can harm your dental health? Dr. Arthur Kremer and the staff at Arthur Kremer DDS would love to answer your inquiries. Give us a call at 815-426-2611 to schedule your next appointment in our Herscher, Illinois, office.