Unfortunately, there are a number of foods that are terrible for your teeth. But it’s important that you know about them so you can steer clear. Here, we’ll discuss some of the worst foods for your teeth.
You probably already know that candy is bad for your teeth. Whether it’s hard or chewy, the acids and sugar in candy wear away at your enamel, leading to cavities. Hard candies can also break or crack your teeth, while chewing candies can get stuck between your teeth. This often leads to plaque buildup which also causes tooth decay, and even more serious dental health issues. If you are looking for something sweet, instead try dark chocolate, which is soft and washes away easily with water.
Soda is another thing you should try to avoid. Even if it’s diet, soda is incredibly acidic and acid is one of the biggest culprits in developing tooth decay. Acid weakens tooth enamel and even dries out your mouth. Dry mouth means less saliva, which is vital to a healthy mouth because it remineralizes your enamel and washes away any leftover food particles. Dark colored sodas also stain and discolor your teeth.
Popcorn and chips are the kinds of foods that are very hard to resist, and once you’ve given in it can be even harder to stop. The problem with chips and popcorn is that when you eat them, tiny particles from the food get stuck in your mouth and in between your teeth. Bacteria then feed on these particles and turn them into acids that wear away at your enamel and cause tooth decay. The continued snacking only makes the problem worse by causing acid production to linger for longer.
This may be a bit surprising because we consider fruit to be healthy, but citrus fruits contain a lot of acid. As explained earlier, acid wears away at tooth enamel and can lead to tooth decay. From oranges to grapefruits, lemons to limes, try to keep your citrus intake in check and always drink water while you eat a citrus fruit.
Alcohol often contains a lot of sugar. Cocktails like daiquiris and margaritas are packed with sugars that can turn into acids and lead to tooth decay. Alcohol also dries out your mouth and reduces your salivary flow, which is dangerous and harmful to your oral health.