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Creating the right food menu for your family has become trickier than ever. Fast, delicious treats saturate our options, but their taste often comes at the cost of our health. We’ve amassed a list of some foods you can watch out for when making menus helpful to your oral health. Read on below to find out extra:

Lollipops or tough candy. Because lollipops are virtually purely sugar (and lots of it), they help form bacterial acids in your mouth that can decay pearly whites. As if that weren’t bad enough, they’re tough enough to break or chip your pearly whites. Watch out for sugary, tough candies if you want to keep your oral health solid.

Potato chips. Carbohydrates (sugars) feed bacteria in your mouth, and starch carbohydrates especially are prone to sticking to teeth. And though they may be tasty, potato chips are a starchy carbohydrate food that can hurt your teeth. To top it off (literally), potato chips are often coated with sugary spice blends for added flavoring.

Soda. When you drink a soda, you’re handing the bacteria in your oral cavity a good feeding source — awesome for them, but destructive for your chompers. Bacteria alter the sugars in food into acid, so sodas can quickly become harmful for your oral health if you don’t drink them alongside water and flush out your oral cavity with fluoridated toothpaste regularly.

Wondering about what other foods can hurt your dental health? Dr. Karisha Madden and the team at Madden Dental would love to answer your inquiries. Give us a call at (713) 667-8080 to pencil in your next checkup in our Bellaire, Texas, office.