Bad Foods for Your Teeth

Everybody knows that candy is bad for teeth, but plenty of other foods can also cause damage. Knowing the foods to look out for can help you keep a healthy smile for longer. Here are some of the foods and drinks that are most likely to damage your teeth.

Drinks

Although diet soda is low in sugar, its acidity can cause dental erosion. The same is true for fruit juice, which also contains ample amounts of cavity-causing sugar. Fortunately, you can reduce the impact of juice by watering it down by half. Wine and coffee are both acidic and can also stain your teeth. Finally, tea can cause damage if you drink it with lemon juice or sugar.

Foods

Acidic foods, such as citrus fruits and sauerkraut, can erode the teeth when consumed in excess. High-starch foods, such as crackers, bread or potatoes, can create a sticky layer of plaque on the teeth that serves as a breeding ground for the bacteria that cause decay. Finally, very hard foods such as fried pork skin can crack or chip your teeth, potentially leading to serious decay and possibly requiring extraction.

While many of these foods are acceptable or even healthy parts of a well-rounded diet, consuming any of them can potentially cause dental problems in very little time. A good oral health regimen with daily brushing and flossing may reduce your risk of developing damage, and regular check-ups with our dentist in Torrance can help to spot ongoing problems before they become severe.

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