Top Foods That Damage Your Teeth

Your mother taught you to avoid too many sweets to ward off cavities, but did she also tell you about oranges and potato chips? Sugary candy isn’t the only culprit when it comes to possible tooth damage and decay. There are many other foods, including some fruits (gasp!) that are actually harmful to your pearly whites.

While you likely can’t completely avoid some of the foods on this list, it’s good to be aware of them so as to limit them in your diet. Here’s a list of some of the most common foods and drinks that damage your teeth.

Citrus Acid – Strong acids (foods with a low pH rating), such as limes, lemons, oranges, and grapefruit are the number one cause of enamel erosion and tooth decay.

Carbonated Drinks – This seems like a no-brainer. Little, if any, good comes from soda or pop, even if it’s the “diet” version. Carbonated sodas enable plaque to produce more acid to attack tooth enamel.

Coffee – Sorry, coffee addicts. Not surprisingly, that morning cup of coffee is full of tannic acids, which wears down enamel and can stain your teeth.

Potato Chips – Crunchy snacks, like potato chips, become sugar that can get trapped in and between the teeth and feed the bacteria in the plaque.

Dried Fruits – Though intended as a healthy snack, dried, sticky fruits, such as apricots, prunes, figs, and raisins get stuck and cling in the teeth and their crevices, leaving behind lots of sugar.

What you eat matters, not only to your overall health, but that of your teeth and gums. Limiting your intake of the worst foods for your teeth, including limiting alcohol and hard candy, as well as regular cleanings from your dentist in Wheeling, IL, will minimize the long-term damage to your teeth.