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By Golden Dental
August 11, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: nutrition   food  

Learn the effects of hard food on your teeth from your Lancaster dentist.

Your teeth are very tough, but they aren't invincible. If you bite into very hard food, it's possible to crack or chip your teeth. Dr. Roland nutritionMarkarian, your Lancaster, LA dentist, lists a few foods that can damage your teeth.


Pieces of popcorn tend to get stuck to your teeth unless you brush and floss thoroughly after you indulge in a big bowl of popcorn. Unfortunately, popcorn can also crack your teeth. As you reach into the bowl or bag for another handful of popcorn, you may not notice that you've also scooped up a few unpopped kernels. Biting into one of those hard kernels can chip or fracture your tooth.


Chewing on ice cubes may seem like an innocent habit - until you crack a tooth. Every time you chomp on the ice cubes at the bottom of your beverage, tiny cracks can develop in your teeth. Eventually, those tiny cracks can cause big problems.

Nuts and olive pits

Munching on nuts or olives can also result in an unexpected visit to your dentist. Remove the pits before you eat the olives and never open shells with your teeth.

Hard pretzels and crusty bread

Thick, hard pretzels are a tasty treat, but it only takes one bite of your favorite snack to crack your tooth. It's best to stick to thinner pretzels to avoid damaging your teeth. Eating bread with thick, crunchy crusts can also cause cracks. Avoid the problem by removing the hard crusts.


Hard candy was designed to be savored not chewed. Whether you enjoy lollipops or peppermints, suck the candy instead of biting into it. Frozen candy bars are a special treat, but if you indulge in one, you may chip or fracture your tooth. In fact, anything frozen should be avoided. If you enjoy popsicles, let them soften up for a little while before you take the first bite.

Whether you have a cracked tooth or it's time for your next dental exam, Dr. Markarian, your Lancaster, LA dentist, is committed to helping you enjoy good dental health. Call him at (661) 948-8100 to schedule an appointment.

By Golden Dental
June 16, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: soda   nutrition  

We’ve probably all heard someone say that drinking soda will “rot your teeth” and are aware that soda is bad for our health. But what sodaabout diet soda? Is this drink any better than the real thing? Unfortunately, diet soda can have adverse affects on your health just as much as regular soda. Find out more about diet soda and your teeth with help from your Lancaster, CA dentist at Golden Dental.

Reasons to Avoid Diet Soda

  • Tooth Decay: Tooth decay begins with the acids and sugars in certain foods or drinks feeding the natural bacteria which live in the mouth. When this happens, the bacteria forms plaque, which eventually hardens into tartar. Plaque and tartar are the first signs of tooth decay and gum disease, both of which lead to tooth loss and other complications. Soda, both diet and regular, is full of these acids and sugars and create a perfect storm for your mouth’s natural bacteria.
  • Disease: Just because a diet soda says there is no sugar inside does not make it safe to drink. Studies have shown that artificial sweeteners like aspartame used in diet sodas are linked to diseases like diabetes and obesity and have the same effect on your blood sugar as actual sugar.
  • Weight Gain: Weight gain comes with a slew of its own medical problems. Staying fit and active is a crucial part of staying healthy. However, diet soda has been linked to more cases of diabetes than regular soda. You do not avoid soda’s affect on your weight by drinking diet soda.

What can I do to avoid the effects of diet soda on my teeth? 
The best way to avoid the effects of diet soda is to eliminate it from your diet altogether. While drinking diet soda may be a difficult habit to break, cutting it out of your diet has many health benefits. In addition to being bad for your teeth, the acids in diet soda also affect your digestive system and cause weight gain. If you do drink a diet soda, rinse it down with a glass of water afterward. This limits the time that the acids in soda are in contact with your teeth and decreases the chance of soda-related tooth decay.

If you are worried about the effects that soda has had on your teeth, please contact Dr. Roland Markarian at Golden Dental in Lancaster, CA. Call 661-948-8100 to schedule your appointment today!

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