12 Foods And Drinks To Avoid For Oral Health

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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Our team at Williams Lake Smiles is excited to have the opportunity to welcome you back soon! Dr. Wassenaar, Dr. Dahia and the whole Williams Lake Smiles team appreciate your continued support and understanding as we continue to move through this difficult time

We are gradually reopening in the safest way to ensure that we take all precautions to keep both our patients and our staff healthy.

At this time, we are focusing on addressing emergency needs for our patients. Full dental services, including hygiene care, will be introduced gradually with priority booking to the patients that were delayed treatment during our time of closure. We will be contacting our patients to reschedule these procedures in the coming weeks.

Our office has always utilized personal protective equipment (PPE) that has exceeded all the recommended guidelines. We consciously designed our office with well-spaced, separate treatment rooms that allow minimization of aerosol transfer throughout the office. We have also added a brand new HEPA air management system to allow continuous air filtration in all treatment rooms and common areas to remove germs from circulating air. This puts us in a good position moving forward. However, in consideration of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic we have instituted additional guidelines and protocols to ensure your safety and that of our team.

Upon returning to Williams Lake Smiles you will notice our new enhanced precautions:

-When you are scheduling an appointment, our staff will ask you a set of health-related questions.

-You will be contacted 48-72 hours prior to your appointment via email and asked a set of pre-appointment instructions and health-related questions. It is required that you complete this questionnaire prior to your appointment. We will have to reschedule your appointment if we are unable to complete this step. Please also give our administrative staff all the necessary personal contact information to expedite our communications with you and your family.

-We have implemented new protocol for scheduling your appointments and managing your insurance and financial transactions virtually to allow for a contactless exit from your appointment.

-There will be new arrival procedures to guide you from your car directly to treatment rooms to eliminate contacting surfaces and other patients.

-You will be asked the above screening questions again on your arrival to your appointment.

-Your temperature will be taken on arrival. Again, we will have to reschedule your appointment if your temperature is elevated.

-You will be asked to put on the provided shoe covers and disinfect your hands upon arrival.

-All non-essential companions will be asked to remain outside of the clinic during the appointment. This includes friends, spouses, drivers, parents, and other children.

-We will maintain social distancing in the reception area for essential caregivers and parents of minors if they absolutely cannot wait in a vehicle or outside the clinic.

-We have removed magazines and other items that can harbor or transfer germs of any kind

-Glass barriers have been added in our reception area

-We have enhanced clinic disinfection procedures before and after all appointments.

-You will see new personal protection equipment like visors, gowns, and different masks for our doctors and team to provide barriers against the smallest of germs.

-We have protocols to reduce or eliminate airborne aerosols during all dental procedures.

-We have enhanced continuous disinfection procedures of equipment and office fixtures like computers, keyboards, telephones, tablets, chairs, doorknobs, and buttons that may be touched unconsciously.

-We will be disinfecting all outside mail and packages that enter the building.

-We will have longer appointment times for you to prepare and complete all appointment tasks and duties in the safest and most comprehensive manner.

-Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean fewer options will be available for scheduling your appointment.

We ask that, as we have so many patients to see, you treat your reserved dental appointment with the highest level of respect. Answer the screening questions honestly. Please arrive on time for your appointment. We may not be able to see you if you are late. If you miss your appointment it may be quite some time before we can get you back in.

We are committed to maintaining our high standard of dental health and safety under these new circumstances and appreciate your confidence in us.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we are taking to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice.

We are all excited to get back to work. Thank you for being our patients. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbours, and friends.


Dr. Rudy Wassenaar

Dr. Sophia Dahia

And the entire Williams Lake Smiles Team

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