Foods that are Surprisingly Bad for the Teeth
Eating a well-balanced diet is as important as good dental hygiene and regular checkups when it comes to smile health. However, many foods that are commonly believed to be good for us are not nearly as good for your teeth. Learning what to eat and what not to eat can help you protect your teeth.
Some foods that are surprisingly bad for your teeth include:
1- Fruit juice – Juice is often chosen for its many vitamins and nutrients, but it tends to be high in sugar and acid, which are extremely damaging to teeth. If you are craving something sweet, try eating actual fruit, which contain vitamins and fiber, or consider drinking fruit-infused water.
2- Cereal bars – Cereal bars, granola bars, muffins, bagels, and similar foods are easy, on-the-go breakfasts and snacks, but they are high in carbohydrates, which mean they will stick to your teeth and feed oral bacteria. Try grabbing fruit, yogurt, low-sugar cereal, or a cheese stick instead.
3- Diet soda – There may not be sugar in diet soda, but the acids used to make this fizzy treat is equally damaging to your teeth. If you need something a little bubbly, sparkling water is far less acidic and can be flavored with a splash of juice.
Foods that might be better for your teeth than you imagined include sugar-free gum, tap water, and dark chocolate. Sugar-free gum helps stimulate saliva flow, which can remineralize teeth. Tap water contains tooth-strengthening fluoride, and dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants and a substance called theobromine, which hardens teeth.
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