These 6 things are bad for your teeth and you didn’t even know it

4. Drinking slowly

It is wise to drink acidic beverages such as juice, soda and wine as quick as possible for similar reasons as the previous part on eating fruit. When you spend about an hour sipping your beverage, your teeth get exposed to the acid for a longer time, which affects your tooth enamel. What also helps is drinking your beverages through a straw.

5. Rice, potatoes, and pasta

Apart from fruit, biscuits, and sweets, there are other foods that contain a lot of sugars that you did not know about. Potatoes, pasta, and rice are amongst them. You didn’t expect that, did you? These foods contain starch and that converts to acid in your mouth. Consequently, you can get cavities by eating these foods. But no need to panic! As long as you have a maximum of seven meals during the day, your teeth are able to recover after every meal.

6. Medicine

Certain kinds of medication are known to slow down the production of saliva in your mouth. This can make your mouth really dry. Just as with having high blood sugar, this can cause deterioration of your teeth. Common medications with this side-effect are antidepressants and antipsychotics. In that case, sugar-free chewing gum can help with the production of saliva. Apart from antidepressants and antipsychotics, cough syrup, cough drops, and throat pastilles can have a negative effect on your teeth. These medications contain a lot of sugar and can therefore cause cavities. The powder in bronchodilators that a lot asthma patients use can also cause problems for your teeth. The powder can scrape against your teeth and cause damage to them that way.

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