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5 Foods That Are Surprisingly Bad for Your Smile

Aerial view of potato chips

Some food and beverages are not so great for your smile. For example, coffee and tea stain your teeth, and candy contributes to tooth decay. Unfortunately, these aren’t the only foods that have the potential to damage your teeth.

  1. Starchy Foods
  2. Starchy foods like white bread, crackers, and potato chips can stick to your teeth and result in an increased risk of decay. These break down into simple sugars while offering little beneficial nutrients.

  3. Citrus Fruits
  4. While you should consume fruit as part of a balanced diet, fruits that are high in acid should be consumed in moderation. Citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, limes, and grapefruit can erode your enamel, and teeth with weak enamel are more vulnerable to sensitivity, decay, and infection. To protect your teeth: avoid sucking on lemons and limes; eat a whole orange instead of drinking orange juice; and rinse your mouth after enjoying snacks and meals with citrus fruits.

  5. Dried Fruit
  6. Fruits with minimal water also have the potential to cause tooth damage. Dried fruits like raisins, dried apricots, dried mangos, and dried pineapple easily stick to the teeth. This sticky sugar feeds harmful bacteria, which will produce acids that will erode your enamel and irritate your gums. Consume dried fruit in moderation and be sure to rinse with water afterwards. Additionally, try to avoid dried fruits that have added sugar.

  7. Pickles
  8. You either love or hate pickles as an addition to your sandwiches and burgers or even as a snack. Pickles, no matter which type, are highly acidic and can slowly erode your enamel and cause tooth sensitivity.

  9. Popcorn
  10. While plain popcorn is a whole grain that does not contain sugar, it can get stuck in your gums and cause irritation. Biting down on an unpopped kernel can crack or break a tooth. Be careful when enjoying this snack and avoid varieties that are flavored with sugar or caramel.

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At CarolinasDentist, we can help you keep your smile as healthy as possible! We offer family-friendly, comprehensive oral healthcare at several different locations throughout North Carolina. Please contact us today to schedule an appointment with our friendly team.

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