The Worst Foods for Your Teeth

The Worst Foods for Your Teeth
Posted on 05/31/2018
In order to keep your teeth healthy and strong, it’s important to practice good oral hygiene and visit our Kalamazoo, MI general dentistry office twice a year for routine exams and cleanings. It’s equally important to watch what you eat because many foods can damage your teeth and we’re not just talking about candy!

There are many types of foods that can erode the enamel on the teeth to promote tooth decay with some foods being worse than others. To help you keep your pearly whites in good shape, we’ve put together the list below of the worst foods for your teeth.

Dried Fruit

While dried fruit like figs and apricots are bursting with nutrition, dried fruit is also packed full of concentrated sugar. On top of that, it’s super sticky which makes it difficult to remove from your teeth once you’ve eaten it. It’s best to stick with the fresh version as much as possible!

White BreadWhite Bread

When you chew white bread, your saliva breaks down the starches and turns them into sugar. The bread is then transformed into a paste-like substance that sticks to your teeth, including those tight spaces between your teeth, to raise your risk of decay. That’s why it’s best to eat whole wheat bread that isn’t as easily broken down and contains far less added sugar.

Sour & Sticky CandySour & Sticky Candy

Of course, we’re adding candy to the list of worst foods for your teeth and especially the sour and sticky kind! This type of candy is notorious for causing cavities due to all the harmful sugar and its ability to cling to your teeth long after you eat it. So stay away from those gummy bears and Starbursts to protect your teeth from harm!

Potato Chips

Even though your favorite potato chips are crispy and delicious to eat, they’re loaded with starch that turns into sugar to feed the bacteria in plaque. And since it’s hard to eat just one or two chips, the assault on your teeth lasts longer and raises your risk of tooth decay. If you cannot resist the urge to nibble on a few chips, be sure to brush and floss your teeth afterward.

Canned Fruit

Canned FruitWhen fresh fruit is put into cans, lots of extra sugar is added. The worst culprits are canned citrus fruits packed in heavy syrup because they combine acids with lots of cavity-causing sugar. It’s much better to eat fresh fruit or to go with the frozen varieties instead of thosepacked in tin cans.

Contact Your Favorite Kalamazoo General Dentist

Now that you know what foods you should avoid to keep your teeth healthy, be sure to change your grocery shopping habits so you’re not tempted to eat something that can harm your teeth! If it’s time to visit us for a routine checkup and to have your teeth cleaned, please request an appointment today. We look forward to helping you maintain a beautiful and healthy smile!