In general, we typically know which foods are good or bad for our bodies. Nutrition facts on the packaging of almost everything we eat can tell us how much fat, sugar, carbs and other nutrients we are consuming. But how often do we think about our teeth? Here are some of the worst foods for your teeth:
Candy – Whether hard or soft, candies can stick to the teeth and because they are so sugary, they can do damage quickly. Hard candy is especially dangerous because it can cause chipped or broken teeth when chewed.
Ice – Some people enjoy chewing ice and think it can’t be bad for their teeth because it does not contain sugar or any other additives. However, ice is hard and can break or chip teeth, as well as damage enamel. If you have the urge to chew something, try a sugar-free gum!
Popcorn – Popcorn kernels get stuck in teeth and can be very difficult to detect and remove without flossing.
Citrus – The more often your teeth are exposed to citrus, the more it can erode your enamel. Try not to add lemon or lime to your water regularly and keep the acidic foods to a minimum.
Dried Fruit – Dried fruit is just like candy! It sticks to the teeth even if you don’t feel it and contains LOTS of sugar. Be sure to brush and floss well after snacking on raisins or other dried fruits.
Chips – This guilty pleasure is not good for our bodies or teeth. Chips and crunchy snacks usually contain lots of starch, which can get stunk between the teeth. The more time food spends on or between teeth, the more it erodes enamel. Flossing is essential after eating chips or similar snacks.
Soda – Soda isn’t good for a number of reasons. Soda has a lot of sugar, which we have already learned is not great for teeth. Even if you opt for sugar-free all carbonated drinks are very acidic, which we also now know is bad! Try substituting soda for water regularly – your body AND your teeth will thank you.
These facts may be disappointing, as maybe this list contains a few of your favorite foods. The key is to keep everything in moderation and practice good oral care habits to reduce the risk of dental decay.