People are more aware of what they put into their bodies. They are shying away from processed foods or things with a lot of chemicals. They don’t want to use sunscreen that isn’t all natural or a lotion on the skin if it has chemicals. But, what about your teeth? Today, more and more people are trying to get rid of the chemicals in oral care products and the foods that are bad for your teeth. Here is a list of some nasty stuff. This article is written with the help of Bronitsky Family Dentistry.

Candy -- Don’t eat sweets, but if your cravings are so strong that you can’t avoid candy, pick the ones that leave your mouth quickly. That means no lollipops, caramels and cough drops with sugar. Although some studies have shown that chocolate can prevent cavities, the results haven’t been proven. Cacao does have some health benefits.
Starch -- Who doesn’t like warm soft bread? Unless it is whole grains, you should forget the bread or potato chips. The foods get stuck on teeth. That is an open door for bacteria to wreak havoc on your teeth.
Carbonated soft drinks -- Besides the high sugar content, the beverages also have high acidity. Most soft drinks contain phosphoric and citric acids that wear away tooth enamel. Studies have found that drinking carbonated beverages through a straw deflects some of the negative effects.
Alcohol --Alcohol and medicines dry out your mouth. You need saliva to act as your natural defense against bacteria. Drinking water will counter the dry mouth. You also can use a fluoride rinse.
Listerine -- This mouthwash contains these ingredients: alcohol, sorbitol, aroma, poloxamer 407, benzoic acid, sodium benzoate, sodium saccharin, eucalyptol, methyl salicylate, thymol, Menthol and sodium fluoride. While some of these ingredients are necessary for healthy teeth and gums, many are chemicals and are harmful to your overall health.
Teeth whiteners -- Many whitening products contain chemicals and harmful ingredients. For example, you could find coal tar, aluminum, aspartame, benzene and other toxins in the whitening products.

The good news is you can avoid most of these harmful products and keep your teeth and gums healthy. To stop eating candy, you can replace it with something sweet, such as apples, strawberries, bananas, mangoes or other fruits. These will help your teeth and help you lose weight at the same time. Some of the fruits provide the crunchiness needed for saliva production while others act as a natural teeth whitening product.

You can avoid the bread by choosing whole grains, which have properties that are beneficial to teeth. If you want to have your potato chips, make sure you eat them with other foods that will counter the bad issues and keep your teeth healthy. You can drink water, which will loosen the stickiness of starchy foods to prevent cavities from forming.

Drinking water or tea instead of carbonated beverages is the way to replace the bad fluid with good fluid. Water cleanses your teeth and body. Tea has antioxidants and other properties that prevent cavities and kill bacteria. Green tea is good for your teeth and gums.

Avoiding alcohol, except occasionally, will go a long way to keeping your mouth healthy. While wine and hops have some health benefits, you want to drink them sparingly. Wine also will stain your teeth.

Use a natural mouthwash, such as apple cider vinegar, instead of Listerine mouthwash. And, don’t choose whitening products if you don’t have to make your smile brighter. A dentist will make sure no harm comes to you, but you are better off avoiding the products completely. Having whiter teeth is a cosmetic benefit instead of a necessary one.

Author's Bio: 

I'm just your average hygienist with a passion for excellence. I do what I do best, which is to help my patients achieve healthy smiles and provide & educate them with oral health care solutions and lifelong cosmetic procedures.