What not to eat for lunch
Almost everyone loves a sweet now and then. But please don’t make a meal of them. It’s best to stay away from sugars and starches, especially if you cannot brush your teeth after lunch. Both contribute to tooth decay and gum disease. When sugars and starches come in contact with plaque (sticky bacteria), acid is formed. According to the University of Rochester Medical Center, these acids start doing damage 20 minutes after eating or drinking. They erode your surface teeth enamel. If this happens often, it will lead to tooth decay. Additionally, bacteria in plaque cause an inflammatory response harming your gums, bone, and other teeth structures. Try and save the sweets for special occasions if you can. If not, keep your toothbrush and floss handy.
For lunch, make sure you choose foods that are good for your oral health, especially if you’re not able to brush and floss (also known as interdental cleaning) after eating. Dairy, fruits and veggies, whole grains, and proteins are your best choices. Also, drink lots of water. It can help wash away leftover food particles and enzymes. And if at all possible, brush and floss after lunch. Your teeth will thank you for the rest of the day and maybe even your life.