Preventive Dentistry Tips For Eating & Drinking

by Dr. Vareldzis

Hillcrest Family Dentistry is well-regarded in this community in part because our leader, Dr. Vareldzis, is such an expert when it comes to preventive dentistry. In fact, he’s been boosting the health and appearance of smiles around these parts for years and years.

That’s why our Medford, OR dentist’s office is the only place you will want to trust your smile to when it is time for your next dental exam and professional teeth cleaning, or anything more complicated than that.

The bottom line is that, to help optimize your oral health all through life, Dr. Vareldzis will want to see you in one of our chairs every six months or so. That’s so you will be able to reap the full benefits of all the investments he has made in advanced technology, modern dentistry tools, and continuing education. You really do owe it to yourself to do that.

Speaking of education, today we want to talk about how you can take care of your smile simply by avoiding the dangerous foods and beverages we’ve listed below.

Keep reading, and then be sure to get in touch with our team to schedule your next preventive dentistry appointment with Dr. Vareldzis! He’ll give you plenty to smile about!


Sure, a nice cup of Hawaiian roast from Bad Ass Coffee can really be energizing in the early morning hours, but it costs more than what you pay at the counter. You see, those cups of joe will slowly stain your teeth over time, turning your once pearly whites into a less than flattering shade of yellow. Much worse than that, most coffee drinks have so much sugar in them that they can do a lot of harm.


Though the kind you get at the “picture show” (that’s the movies for you not-so-old-timers) is not so great for you, popcorn is mostly regarded as a healthy food choice. That may be true enough but you still need to be careful when eating it.

Here’s the deal: pieces of popcorn can get stuck between your teeth, which is where harmful bacteria is hiding. The bacteria can feast on the tiny parts of popcorn stuck there, increasing your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. That is bad enough, right?

But there’s also always a possibility that you will bite into an unpopped kernel which is hard enough to damage or break your teeth. That will be awful if it ever happens to you.


We love water. It does a body good, when it isn’t frozen. Ice is so hard that chewing it can badly damage your teeth. In addition to the chance of breaking a tooth, chewing ice also wears down the enamel of your teeth. This could lead to hot/cold sensitivity and cavities. It can also create problems for your gums. Dr. Vareldzis can help with such things but prevention now is always better than looking for a cure later.

Sodas And Such

Regular soda contains so much sugar that it is not the best choice for your teeth. Many sodas also contain caramel and fructose, which is basically sugar that coats and sticks to your teeth.

Warning: don’t be seduced by diet options either. Even though diet soda doesn’t have “sugar,” all soda is high in acidity. That acid can erode your enamel, making cavities much more likely to develop.

How about iced tea? Unsweetened tea is better than soda but it still leaves its mark on your teeth. Sweet tea is a sugar-loaded stainer of teeth, so skip that whenever possible.


The primary issue we have with alcoholic drinks is that they dry out your mouth.

While drinking beer or the harder stuff, your mouth won’t produce enough saliva, which you need to help wash away particles of food or drink from your teeth and gums to keep them safe.

Some alcoholic drinks also have a lot of sugar making them very bad for your teeth just like soda and sweet tea. And if pinot noir is your thing, you will also be staining your teeth every time you pour a glass.

Sports Drinks

Gatorade and other such sports drinks should be consumed only after you’ve been sweating a whole bunch. But even then, water is the better way to go. These drinks contain carbohydrates, which is really just another form of sugar. Gatorade might not taste as sugary as sweet tea, but it can still do the same damage to your teeth.

We’ve Got You Covered!

Ready to get serious about preventive dentistry? Contact us today to schedule your next dental checkup at our Medford, OR dentist’s office!