You wake up in the morning and begin your daily hygiene routine, you figure that brushing and flossing, and a little bit of mouthwash will do the trick when it comes to your oral health. Of course you would be right in thinking this, as these are great habits to establish on a daily basis. But as you step out of the door to begin your day, consider what it is that you are consuming, have consumed, or are going to consume.

Why is this important?

Well, it’s important because while you’re doing all the right things for the health of your teeth and gums, you could also be doing things that contradict those healthy habits, such as eating highly acidic foods. When you consume these items, you could be causing harm to your teeth.

So, what items are we talking about? And how is it that they can negatively affect your teeth?

  • Coffee – While not a food, it is acidic enough to take a negative toll on your teeth. Coffee can weaken the enamel of your teeth, because of the acidity it contains.
  • Soda – Again, not a food, but this liquid can have negative effects on your pearly whites, especially if you drink soda in excess. The solution? Swap soda out with water and give your body what it wants and needs.
  • Citrus – All things citrus can make your teeth more susceptible to decay. While it’s great to get your vitamin C intake, make sure you’re doing so in healthy doses.

There are many more acidic products out there that can have a less-than-desirable effect on your teeth. If you should start to see these effects in action, be sure to talk to your dentist. If you’re teeth are extremely sensitive, it might be time to get to your local dental clinic to find out more about your oral health.