The 5 Worst Foods For Your Teeth

Cavities are the most common health issues in young people.  Not only are they less than beautiful to look at, but they can lead to extreme pain, expensive tooth surgeries, and even blood poisoning. Protecting your teeth is crucial if you want to be able to live a comfortable life free of pain and expensive doctor visits.

One of the best ways to make sure that your teeth remain healthy is by eating a diet which is beneficial to your dental health.  Here are some of the worst foods for your teeth to avoid.

Candy

It probably doesn’t come as a surprise that candy is on the top of the list for the worst foods for your teeth.  However, depending on which kind of candy you eat, you may be putting yourself more at risk.

Therefore, if you do eat candy, try to avoid extremely chewy varieties or candies coated with sour sugar.  These have additional harmful chemicals in them which promote tooth decay, and they’re harder to scrub off of your pearly whites. In order to get rid of the residue, you have to brush your teeth thoroughly rather than the leftovers washing away naturally with water.

Bread

Bread isn’t just full of carbs and gluten which can easily pack on the pounds, but it is also extremely high in sugar.  When you chew bread, it breaks down into sugar and creates a pasty substance which sticks in and around your teeth.

Since it’s hard to avoid bread entirely, try to opt for more nutritious options which aren’t overly processed and contain no added refined sugars.

Alcohol

Little did you know that those glasses of wine weren’t just attributed to a massive hangover the next day, but also contributing to tooth decay.

Especially sugary drinks leave a coating on the teeth which makes you more susceptible to cavities.  Additionally, alcohol can dry out the mouth leaving you with more food stuck to your teeth.  

Carbonated Drinks

Most people have read at least one article by now which talks about how harmful soda pop is for your body.  Sodas literally eat away your tooth enamel, so if you’re a regular soda drinker and can’t figure out why you keep having tooth problems, you’ve got your answer right there.

Even if the beverage has the word “diet” on the can, it’s damaging to your teeth.  If you do decide to drink carbonated drinks, try to limit yourself and always brush your teeth following.

Ice

A lot of people enjoy chewing ice and assume it’s safe since it’s made of ice.  However, it can damage enamel and easily chip or break your teeth.

If you drink something with ice in it, resist the urge to chew it.  It’s there to cool your drink, not to eat.

Kelly Tate

Kelly is a full-time supermum, caring for two kids and a hardworking husband. A cook, a cleaner, a carer and all round hard worker, striving for the perfect family life (with a few bumps along the way!) Eternally honest and sometimes brutally forward, no topics are off limits with Kelly.
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