5 Things You Should Not Eat Before Your Dental Appointment

Getting ready for your dentist appointment is a relatively easy thing to do, and more often than not, you just need to brush your teeth, floss and pay attention to the things that could cause inflammation to your gums. We all know the things that we should consume before the visit, and we more often than not pay attention to the things we should do, and forget to check the things we need to steer away from to ensure a pleasant appointment.

In this article, we are going to help you learn some of the things that could affect the visit, and that could cause unpleasant feelings. Keep on reading if you want to find out some of the things that you should not eat before your dental appointment.

1. Popcorn


This should go without saying, but popcorn is one of the worst things you can consume before your visit to the dentist. The problem with this food is that it can cause even further damage to your teeth, and you may cause a bigger problem just before you visit the specialist. Note that this food is too difficult to get out of your teeth, and you won’t be able to remove all the small bits and pieces.

You should know that salty popcorn can cause irritation or inflammation to your gums and the dentist may not be able to see the bigger problem because of something that caused momentary inflammation.

Just like with every other type of food on this list, in case you choose to have some popcorn before the visit, you should gently floss your teeth to remove any parts that are stuck.

2. Gummies

Gummy bears or anything similar that could easily stick to your teeth is another thing that you should not consume before you visit the dentist. Just like with the popcorn, you won’t be able to remove everything no matter how many times you brush your teeth, and this could make the visit unpleasant.

The doctor may not notice an issue you have with your gums because there are gummies stuck on them, and you should try and help the professional as much as you can before the visit. Steer away from any type of sticky food or things that may get stuck between your teeth.

In case you choose to eat these sweets, or if you forget about the appointment, you should brush your teeth at least twice, but be careful not to make your gums bleed. You should not forget to floss so that even if there are any parts of the gummies stuck between your teeth, you will remove them before you see the specialist.

3. Garlic


This type of food will not cause any problems with your gums and your teeth, but it is still something that should be avoided before your visit to the professional. We all enjoy foods that contain garlic in them, and no matter if it is baked, cooked, or raw, we like to have it in many dishes. This type of food is extremely good for your health, but you should avoid having any dishes that contain garlic before your appointment.

No matter how many times you brush your teeth, or how many chewing gums you have, you will still not be able to remove the smell that comes from your mouth. Even though your dentist will not comment on this, it is still unpleasant for them to work like that.

You should also steer away from eating onions or any other type of food that will leave an unpleasant smell in your mouth.

4. Large quantities of herbs and spices

Other things that you need to steer away from are large quantities of herbs and spices. Even though most of them will improve your breath, there are some of them that may have a strong scent and leave it in your mouth for a long time.

On the same note, you may not be able to get all the small bits and pieces out and you may end up with herbs stuck in between your teeth. Note that you should try flossing before you go to your dentist, but you should never use too much force to get the spices out, and you should not risk making your gums bleed.

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5. Citrus fruits


The last thing we are going to talk about is citrus fruits including oranges, lemons, pomelo, and so on. These foods, along with any types of beverages that contain them can cause issues when you go to your specialist.

First and foremost, you already know that when you combine dental products like toothpaste or mouthwash with citrus fruits, you are going to be left with a bad taste. This taste will be with you for a long time, and you will feel unpleasant for the whole appointment.

In addition to this, the acids in the fruits will damage the outer layer of your teeth that protects them, and it takes about half an hour for this layer to get back and protect your teeth. Note that in case you choose to eat or drink these fruits, you should do it at least a few hours before the appointment, so you don’t cause any inflammation to your gums and to avoid feeling uneasy because of the bad taste in your mouth.

These are some of the foods that you should not consume before the appointment. Overall you should also steer away from carbonated drinks as well, because they may cause damage to the enamel just like the citrus fruits. You should steer away from these beverages even when you are not visiting your dentist because the acids and the sugars in them may cause tooth decay and they may cause inflammation to your gums.

Try to avoid any foods that may get easily stuck between your teeth, don’t eat things that are too sticky or chewy, and avoid items that may cause a bad taste in your mouth. In case you want to ensure that you are not doing anything wrong, you should talk to your dental specialist and ask them for recommendations on things you should and should not consume before the visit.

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