Foods to Avoid At Williams Lake Smiles, we believe in a well-rounded approach to better oral health. This means that we don’t stop at encouraging our patients to brush and floss. We also recommend that our patients follow a healthy diet to improve their oral health. The reason for this is that some foods and beverages can be damaging to your teeth because they can break down enamel and increase the chance of cavities. Still other foods can stick to teeth, dislodge fillings, attract bacteria or stain enamel. To help combat these problems, we have compiled this list of important tips about foods and drinks that patients should avoid:

1) Sugary Foods

Most experts agree that sugar is dangerous for your oral health. After it is consumed, dangerous bacteria in the mouth start to feed on sugar particles and form plaque in your mouth. Over time, this can result in cavities and increased inflammation.

2) Citrus Fruits And Juices

Citrus foods and drinks are highly acidic so they can be dangerous to tooth enamel. High acidity in the mouth can also weaken tooth enamel.

3) Sports Drinks

Because sugar is usually the top ingredient in many sports and energy drinks, we should avoid these products. Moreover, experts say that they are unnecessary for most people unless they are engaged in prolonged and strenuous physical activity.

4) Coffee Drinks Or Teas

Coffee and teas can stain teeth, attracts bacteria, and cause plaque buildup in your mouth. Coffee drinks also usually contain lots of sugars, which are highly acidic and erosive to tooth enamel. Try green tea instead. The ingredients in green tea do not stain and are good for teeth and gums. Just be sure to avoid green teas that have sugar or additives.

5) Alcohol

Alcohol causes dehydration of oral tissues. Additionally, people who drink excessively often have reduced saliva flow which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Heavy alcohol use also increases your risk for mouth cancer.

6) Ice

Many people think ice is good for their teeth because it is made of water, and doesn’t contain any sugar or other additives. But chewing on hard substances can leave your teeth vulnerable to a dental emergencies and damage enamel.

7) Crunchy Foods

Many of our patients think that foods like potato chips are okay for their mouth since they do not contain sugars or acids. However, potato chips are filled with starch, which can easily get trapped in your teeth. If you choose to indulge in snacks like these, be sure to floss carefully to remove all the food particles that can increase plaque build-up.

8) Pickled Foods

Vinegar demineralizes teeth, making them susceptible to decay. Pickled foods are therefore highly acidic in addition to containing lots sugar which makes them twice as bad for teeth.

9) Chewable Vitamins

Chewable vitamin supplements may seem healthy but can actually encourage cavity formation by increasing bacteria, plaque, and an enamel-eroding environment in the mouth. Try replacing these with vitamins that can be swallowed.

10) Dark Foods And Drinks

Besides just staining teeth, dark foods and beverages (think red wine, fruit juices, beets) can be acidic, causing enamel to erode and cavities to form. Wine, tea, berries, sports drinks, cola, and dark sauces should all be avoided for better tooth health.

11) Sticky Foods

Dried fruit is usually at the top of the healthy snacks list. Unfortunately, sticky foods can damage your teeth since they tend to stay on the tooth surface longer than other types of food. Other sticky foods get trapped between teeth and increase the chances of decay or gum disease.

12) Potato Chips And Bread

These foods can get sticky and find their way into the cracks and crevices between teeth. This can increase your chances of tooth decay. Avoid these products if possible and your chances of problems with decay are reduced.

Come To Williams Lake Smiles For Dental Treatment Today

Here at Williams Lake Smiles, we want all of our patients to know how important oral health is. If you have questions about the treatments we offer or general questions about oral hygiene, please feel free to peruse our website. Alternatively, you can call one of our helpful staff members for additional information. Then call our Williams Lake, BC, office for a consultation with Dr. Wassenaar.

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Covid-19 (Corona) Virus

Dear valued patients of Williams Lake Smiles,

Greetings to patients and friends of Williams Lake Smiles!

June is here and hopefully, more summer weather is headed our way!

We are feeling excited and optimistic about the months to come as it appears that there is some positive easing of restrictions in British Columbia. Our team hopes this means that you will be able to slowly begin to see loved ones and move around a little bit more. Good news for us all!

In our office, your health and safety is still our utmost concern so we would like to update you and review our current protocols.

We are happy to be able to move from our online covid pre-screening forms to a verbal questionnaire. This means that you will no longer be required to do the online covid form before every appointment.
For the continued health and safety of all, we ask that you do not attend our office if you feel unwell at all or have traveled outside of the country within the past 14 days. We will ask you covid screening questions on the phone, at the time of scheduling appointments, and then again at the time of your arrival in our office. Mask wear is still mandatory for anyone entering our office. Your temperature will still be taken, shoe coverings provided and we will have you use hand sanitizer upon check-in at the door.

We will still be doing all we can to limit the amount of people in the office at one time and who you come into contact with while you are here.
We ask that you do not arrive too far ahead or drop off family members early for scheduled appointments. If our waiting room is full, we may ask you to remain in your vehicle and we can call you in as soon as we are ready. Please do not bring any extra people with you into the office. No spouses, children or siblings can accompany you to your appointment in the office.
We will continue with all other enhanced safety protocols to ensure that the health of our patients and staff team are our first priority and allow us to continue to provide you with our full range of exceptional dental care.

The Williams Lake Smiles team thanks to our amazing patients and friends for their ongoing patience and support through these unprecedented times of the past year and moving forward.
We appreciate your trust in us to help you be the healthiest you can be!

Please contact us with any questions or to schedule any of your dental needs.


Dr. Rudy Wassenaar and the team at Williams Lake Smiles

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