Foods That Damage Your Teeth

Brushing and flossing can only go so far in protecting our teeth from damage.  Some of the foods we eat can actually make this more difficult.  From highly acidic foods to sugary treats, many of our favorite snacks could be harming our teeth.

At Over the Mountain Dentistry our goal is to keep the mouth of everyone in Homewood, Vestavia, Mountain Brook and in all of Birmingham Alabama healthy for years to come.  To better this goal, we thought we should share some of the foods that can damage your teeth.  Some of these foods might surprise you, but limiting them can further protect your teeth from potential damage.

Pickled vegetables have an incredibly high vinegar content, which do great harm to your teeth.  Vinegar is highly acidic and can break down the enamel on your teeth.  Without enamel. your teeth become more sensitive to hot and cold foods and are more prone to cavities and other damage.

Pickled vegetables are healthy for you, especially if they have been picked in a brine solution rather than vinegar.  Vegetables pickled in brine are better for your teeth and are also high in probiotics.  If you eat vegetables that have been pickled in vinegar, you should be sure to rinse your mouth afterward to remove the acid on your teeth.

Another food that can damage your teeth is citrus fruits.  While healthy and high in essential vitamins like vitamin C, citrus fruits have a high acidic content.  This causes the same problem as pickled vegetables.  The high acidity can wear down enamel and cause further damage to your teeth.

Additionally, dried fruits are also hazardous.  Dried fruits often have a higher sugar content than fresh fruit.  The are also sticky, which can case these sugars to get trapped in between your teeth.  This causes bacteria to grow which can lead to further damage.  It is always best to rinse at least once after you snack on these fruits.

Just because soda doesn’t contain any sugar doesn’t mean it is a healthier choice for your teeth.  Diet sodas still have a high acid content, making them damaging to your enamel.

You should especially avoid drinking soda right before bed as this allows the acid to rest on your teeth overnight and wear down enamel.  Avoiding soda entirely  can help protect your teeth from damage, however if you do have a soda you should brush your teeth immediately after.

Of course, avoiding these foods and practicing good oral hygiene habits helps protect your teeth from damage, but even the most careful patients develop cavities.  Be sure to visit Over the Mountain Dentistry at least twice a year to ensure your teeth are as healthy as possible.

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Dangers of Sports Drinks

It is common knowledge that soda and energy drinks can have adverse health effects, but not everyone realizes that the same goes for sports drinks. With as much as 19 grams of sugar in a single 8.5-ounce serving, sports drinks actually contain similar levels of sugars as soda. This, as you can imagine, can result in several unfavorable effects.

As your trusted dental office in Mountain Brook, Alabama, we here at Over the Mountain Dentistry thought we would share our insight on these sugary sports drinks and the health and dental problems with which they are associated.

Dental Issues

As mentioned before, sports drinks are incredibly high in sugars, which can lead to tooth decay. This is especially concerning in teenagers who typically drink more sports drinks than any other age group. Additionally, sports drinks are not just high in sugar content, but also in acid content. Acids work, like sugars, to break down the protective enamel on teeth. This eventually leads to cavities in teeth which will require dental fillings to correct them.

If you consume many sports drinks and other soft drinks, we recommend you cut down substantially. In addition, you should visit our Mountain Brook office at least twice a year for cleanings and check ups. You should also practice good oral hygiene habits, like brushing and flossing daily, to counteract the effects sugar has on the teeth.

Medical Concerns

Dental issues are not the only reason you should limit your sports drink intake, as medical concerns about these sugary drinks have risen in recent years. Weight gain is the most prevalent medical concern associated with sports drinks. Excessive weight gain has many unfavorable effects and can lead to serious medical conditions. Some of these medical conditions are:


  • Diabetes: One of most common medical conditions associated with weight gain is diabetes. Diabetes itself can lead to other complications like stroke, kidney failure, and foot ulcers.
  • Myocardial Infarction: Commonly referred to as a heart attack, excessive weight gain greatly increases your chance of suffering a heart attack.  
  • Sleep Apnea: Apneas are episodes of missed breaths, usually lasting about 30 seconds. While usually not serious, sleep apnea can easily be corrected with weight loss or by using a CPAP machine while sleeping.

If you are in need of a dental check up or one of the services we offer at Over the Mountain Dentistry, you can contact us here or call us at 205.968.1296 to schedule an appointment.

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Even patients who take exceptionally good care of their teeth can run into problems. Teeth can become discolored as a result of foods and drinks that stain them. In other circumstances, teeth can become chipped, cracked, or fractured which can lead to tooth decay and oral  diseases.

Repairing these issues is not very hard and, in the end, can leave you with healthier looking teeth. As Mountain Brook’s premier dental office, we can perform cosmetic dentistry and restore your smile to its former glory. Here are a few examples of the cosmetic dental services we offer at Over the Mountain Dentistry.

Teeth Whitening

One of the most popular cosmetic dentistry services we offer is Zoom! teeth whitening system. While do-it-yourself teeth whitening kits are available, they present many potentially harmful side-effects. For example, over bleaching can cause your teeth to become very sensitive.

These side effects are of no concern when you get your teeth whitened professionally at our Mountain Brook, Al office. The Zoom! teeth whitening method uses a gel that is activated under special lights and can result in teeth that are 7 to 10 shades lighter than before your appointment.

Dental Veneers

When you first meet someone, often times the first thing they notice is your smile. Because of this, individuals with cracked or chipped front teeth are often self-conscious about their smile. Luckily, there are dental veneers to help repair your teeth and restore your smile’s brightness.

Veneers are made of a wafer thin piece of dental porcelain and are bonded on the front teeth. Your natural teeth will need to be polished slightly so the veneer can fit snuggly. Once it has been fabricated, the veneer will be bonded to the tooth using dental cement. Porcelain is used to craft veneers because it mimics the light reflecting properties of teeth better than any other material. Additionally, porcelain veneers are even more resistant to stains than enamel.


Crooked or misaligned teeth used to require traditional metal braces to correct spacing or alignment issues with the teeth. These braces come with some baggage, though. For example, the metal brackets make eating and proper oral hygiene habits difficult, and can even get stuck to the inside of your gums. But luckily, there are Invisalign clear aligners.

These trays are made of an elastic thermoplastic material and are removable, making brushing and flossing much easier. You also don’t have to give up your favorite foods. When it’s time to eat just remove the tray and you’re good to go. Treatment time can also be greatly reduced with the average treatment period lasting a little more than a year.

If you are interested in any of the cosmetic dentistry services we offer at Over the Mountain Dentistry, you can contact us here or call us at 205.968.1296 to schedule an appointment.

Over the Mountain Dentistry Launches New Dental Website

Welcome to our new website for Over the Mountain Dentistry located in Mountain Brook, Alabama! Over the Mountain Dentistry is an Alexander Dentistry practice.

We are proud to have launched a new website where patients and prospective patients can get information about our practice.

Want to take a tour of our location? Just give us a call! We are conveniently located on Cahaba Road in Mountain Brook Village. Our location features free and abundant parking in our open lot and is handicap accessible.  We are pleased to offer appointments before school and work! We serve children and adults of all ages, and it is not uncommon for parents and children to come in for appointments at the same time.

Based in the Mountain Brook area– and convenient to Birmingham, Homewood, and Vestavia Hills – our dental office is committed to providing comfortable, compassionate, professional and fun oral healthcare services to our community.

Come by and see us, we cannot wait to meet you!

The team at Over the Mountain Dentistry