Everybody knows that some foods are worse for your teeth than others, but many people eat foods that can ruin your teeth every day, having no idea how damaging they can be. Here are the five worst foods for your teeth, according to the damage they can cause to the enamel as well as their ability to cause cavities and other dental problems.
Citrus Fruit (Especially Lemons)
Citrus fruit may be packed with vitamin c, but another thing that it’s packed with can do damage to your teeth’s enamel: acid. The highly acidic lemons, limes, and grapefruits can wear away the enamel of your teeth over time. Oranges are less acidic, so don’t give up on your daily orange juice just yet. The key word here is moderation- plus, orange juice tends to be fortified with calcium and vitamin d, two nutrients that are great for your teeth.
This one may surprise you a bit- there aren’t sugars in crackers, are there? Actually there are- in the form of carbohydrates. The carbohydrates break down in your mouth, creating sugars that stick to the surface of your teeth. The putty-like consistency of chewed crackers ensures that they stick in between the teeth and to every part of your mouth, making it difficult to remove the particles through brushing.
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Soda is loaded with sugar and acids, both of which can wreak havoc with your teeth in large quantities. The famous school experiment where cola cleans dirty pennies to a brilliant shine should be more than enough to keep you from drinking it ever again. And yes- even diet soda can bring trouble to your smile due to the acid content.
Chewy candy, like caramels and gummy bears, are some of the worst offenders when it comes to cavities, especially in young children. However, people of all ages are at risk of cavities if they eat lots of candy. Take the putty concept introduced in the last section about crackers and increase the amount of sugar, and you’ll have an idea of what chewy candy can do to your teeth. And it’s not good for you anyway! Try to avoid eating chewy candy altogether.
Coffee and Black Tea
Coffee and black tea are both highly adept at staining white surfaces- ever struggle with the stains in your tea cup? The principle is the same in your mouth. Consider alternatives to coffee and black tea if you are concerned about staining, because these two beverages are some of the worst. Coffee is also highly acidic, which can cause problems for your enamel. I know that it’s hard to live without coffee or tea, so try to drink it in moderation if you must.
This article isn’t intended to stop you from eating and drinking your favorite foods, it’s just intended to give you some information that will help you avoid stains, cavities, and worn enamel. Remember to brush thoroughly after eating each of these foods, eat and drink them in moderation, and make sure you see your dentist once a year for an exam.