The 7 Worst Foods for Your Teeth

The 7 Worst Foods for Your Teeth

Diet has a major effect on dental health. This is true for both systemic health and nutrition and dental health. It is known that eating healthy foods can improve overall health. Eating fresh fruits and vegetables can help maintain good oral health. Some fruits and vegetables are abrasive, which helps remove plaque from the teeth. Other fruits and vegetables are high in vitamin C, which can help prevent gum disease. On the other hand, foods containing plenty of sugar, acidic foods, hard foods, etc., can adversely affect our oral health. Read on to learn more about the food items that are bad for your oral health:

The 7 Worst Foods for Your Teeth

  • Fruit Juices

Fruit juices, especially orange juice, are high in sugar and acid. Sugar feeds plaque and erodes tooth enamel while acid wears down the tooth surface. Fruit juice is also highly acidic and can erode tooth enamel.

  • Sports Drinks

Although they’re often advertised as sports drinks that help athletes rehydrate, sports drinks aren’t always a good option for your teeth. They’re very acidic, which can wear away your tooth enamel.

Because sports drinks can also contain sugar, the acid and sugar combo can also deteriorate the enamel. Sports drinks also contain a lot of colors, which can wear away your enamel. We recommend drinking sports drinks moderately and rinsing your mouth with water immediately afterward.

  • Carbonated Drinks

Sodas and other carbonated drinks are one of the worst foods for your teeth. Not only do these foods cause tooth decay, but they can also stain your teeth. These drinks contain acids that wear away at your enamel. Over time, the enamel can weaken, causing teeth to become more susceptible to cavities. If the enamel wears down enough, the teeth can become sensitive.

  • Gummy Candies

Gummy candies are sticky, sugary, and stick to your teeth. This makes them prone to decay, which can ultimately lead to cavities. Once you eat a gummy candy, the sugars and acids from that candy will remain in your mouth for 20-30 minutes. This increases the amount of time your teeth are exposed to those acids.

  • Starchy Foods

Starches—especially refined starches like white flour, pasta, and rice—take longer to digest, so they’re more likely to stay on your teeth. Starchy foods can also stick to the sides of your teeth, leading to more plaque formation.

If you find that you’re snacking on starchy foods between meals, consider eating more crunchy vegetables and nuts. These foods stimulate saliva production, which can help wash away starches and bacteria.

  • Acidic Foods

While acidic foods aren’t as damaging to your teeth as sugary foods, they still have the ability to wear away your enamel over time.

The best course of action is to rinse your mouth with water after consuming acidic foods. You can also eat some cheese or milk to neutralize the acid in your mouth.

  • Alcoholic Beverages

Alcoholic beverages are the number one worst food for your teeth. Almost all alcoholic drinks contain a lot of sugar. Additionally, these drinks can stain your teeth. If you avoid these drinks, you can significantly decrease your risk of cavities.

  • Hard Candy

Hard candy can crack your teeth. The sugar found in hard candies feeds dental plaque, causing even more damage. Hard candy is also very acidic, which can eat away at the enamel on your teeth.

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