As a dental office we always strive to provide our patients with the information they seek and deserve. One common question that Triad Cosmetic Dentistry patients and others, alike, often have is “what are the worst foods for your teeth?”
Unfortunately, a number of common grocery-store items and popular snacks are not necessarily the best choice when it comes to your dental health. While some of the foods on the following list may not come as a surprise by any means, there are also several that may not be top of mind when considering foods that are undesirable for your oral health.
Worst Food and Drinks for Your Teeth
According to the University of Rochester Medical Center, “these drinks are the leading source of added sugar among kids and teens.” Not only are soft drinks and soda loaded with sugar, but they also contain phosphoric and citric acids that can cause erosion and decay to your teeth. What about sugar-free or diet sodas? These really are no better, as they still contain the phosphoric and citric acids that eat away at your teeth’s enamel.
2. Hard and Sticky Candies
Let’s just face the facts. No matter how you twist or turn it, candy just isn’t good for your oral health. Hard candies, sticky candies and other sticky sweets not only contain large amounts of sugar, but they also stick to your teeth, giving the sugar an opportunity to truly make it’s mark on your tooth’s enamel — or in other words, creating the perfect opportunity for a cavity to form.
3. Citrus Fruits
While seemingly harmless, citrus fruits contain high acidity, which can cause accelerated erosion to your teeth’s enamel. The high acidity can also cause acid reflux which may cause dry mouth, another culprit of causing poor oral health.
This one may come as a surprise considering pickles are simply vegetables soaked in vinegar, however the high acidity of the vinegar has the same effect on your teeth as citrus fruits. The vinegar in pickles can eat away at your tooth’s enamel, causing erosion to your tooth.
Possibly the most surprising on this list, crackers and other starchy foods, for that matter, are tough on your teeth. While considered a healthy snack by many, crackers like saltines or Goldfish are made up of refined carbohydrates, which turn to sugar very quickly in your mouth. Not to mention, crackers turn into a very sticky substance when chewed and tend to stick to your teeth until brushing, giving the sugar an opportunity to affect your tooth.
While the list could go on for foods that are not desirable for your oral health, these five foods cover a wide basis of oral healthcare effects.
Here at Triad Cosmetic Dentistry we strive to provide our Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem patients with valuable information to help achieve the best oral healthcare available. Should you find yourself in need of dental services, do not hesitate to call on the experts at Macdonald & Whaley today to see how we can provide helpful dental guidance and help you achieve the smile you deserve.