There are a lot of foods that can surprisingly lead to a healthier smiles, such as cheese and yogurt (the non-sweetened kind!) and various vegetables and fruits. However, we need to review the foods that wreck havoc on your smile from time to time. It goes without saying that brushing and flossing twice a day is essential for a healthy smile, but avoiding these foods and drinks can help you keep your teeth longer and your smile its brightest. You may be surprised that enamel is one of the strongest substances on Earth and the hardest in the human body, but it is also easily mineralized! That means, under certain environments, the material that makes up the surface of your teeth can be washed away or dissolved by acid or other substances.
And now, without further ado, here are the worst teeth for your teeth:
- Dried Fruit – This might be a surprise, given that dentists and nutritionists extol the benefits of fruit for both a healthy smile and body. However, many dried fruit products are sweetened with refined sugar and the natural sugars of the fruits themselves can become trapped between your teeth, giving cavity causing bacteria fuel to thrive.
- Pickles – These acidic, salty, vinegary treats can leave your teeth prone to staining because they open the pores of your teeth.
- Sugar – the raison d’etre for many of us, and the bete noir of dentists everywhere. Refined sugar contribute to an acidic environment in your mouth which can erode your enamel and give decay causing bacteria plenty of food to eat.
- Soda – Cola is full of sugar, which erodes teeth and leads to cavities. Diet soda is no safer. They contain citric and phosphoric acids which wear away at enamel.
- Wine – While drinking a glass of wine a day may have benefits for your heart and well-being, it can wreck havoc on your teeth. Red and white wines both contain acids that wear away at your teeth. Red wine also contains tannins which dries out your mouth, which can lead to further damage of your teeth.
- Beer and Spirits – There is nothing like a night out, but excess consumption of alcohol is known to lead to a number of health problems, especially if done on a regular basis. It also dries out your mouth and salivary glands, so they cannot do their job of helping clean your mouth and protecting your teeth from decay.
- Hard Candies – Eating candy frequently is a bad idea in general for a healthy smile, but hard candies take longer to dissolve, the sugar will stick to your enamel and damage it. It also feeds the bacteria that lead to cavities and tooth decay.
- Citrus Fruit – Surprisingly, while everyone recommends eating fruit because of their innumerable health benefits, eating citrus fruit frequently can be a bit dangerous because of citric acid. The acid wears away at your teeth, especially if you suck on high acidity citrus fruit throughout the day.
- Fruit Juice – so many contain extra sugar, which — you guessed it — leads to an environment that damages your teeth. Citrus or other juices from high acidity fruits accelerate the breakdown of enamel as well, leading to cavities and sensitive teeth.
- Chewy Candies – these are bad for the same reasons as hard candies because they get stuck to your teeth.
- Coffee and Tea – these are well-established as staining agents because of the high levels of tannins, especially in black teas. So remember, the darker the beverage, the more it will stain your teeth.
- Crackers and Cookies – Refined sugars are never good for you, and they can help lead to inflammation in the body, which can lead to problems like gingivitis and periodontal disease if consumed in excess.
- Curry-Based Foods – these actually have staining properties as well and its recommended you brush or rinse after eating them.
While it may seem like there isn’t any fun food left, this does not mean you can’t indulge from time to time. You just have to be careful and moderate your consumption to ensure your teeth remain healthy and dazzling for years to come.