Worst Foods For Oral Health

The food that we eat can greatly impact our oral health, both positively and negatively. When we eat nutrient-dense foods, like fruits and vegetables, our bodies are better able to process these nutrients. And when we limit sugary, acidic foods, our teeth are more resistant to tooth decay.

However, when we eat too much of these foods, we can experience tooth decay and gum disease. Here is a list of foods and beverages that are bad for our oral health: 

  • Sticky foods

Sticky foods, like dried fruit and gummy candy, stick to the teeth and can be difficult to remove. The sugars in these foods also fuel the bacteria in your mouth to produce acids, which attack your tooth enamel. Unfortunately, many sticky foods have sugar in them.

  • Dried fruits

Though dried fruits are good for our overall health, they can affect our oral health in many ways. Dried fruit is sticky and can stick to and around your teeth. The sticky nature of dried fruits can also get stuck around and in-between braces.

  • Candies

Did you know that there are approximately 14 million bacteria in your mouth at any given time? These bacteria break down food particles left behind, which can eventually lead to cavities. Candies can cling to your teeth, which attracts even more bacteria. Additionally, the sugar in candies can feed the bacteria in your mouth.

  • Starchy foods

Starchy foods contain carbohydrates, which produce simple sugars. Bacteria in the mouth feed on these sugars and produce acids, which wear away tooth enamel. The bacteria then produce plaque, which builds up on the teeth, causing cavities.

  • Sugary foods

Sugary foods cause damage to teeth. Dentists recommend staying away from sugary foods as much as possible. Sugary foods are not good for your oral health because they feed oral bacteria and cause cavities. Food and beverages that have high amounts of sugar include soft drinks, cookies, cakes, candy, jams, and jellies.

  • Acidic foods

Many foods and drinks are acidic, including citrus fruits, citrus juices, tomatoes, pasta sauce, and even coffee. The acids in these foods and drinks can weaken the enamel on your teeth, which will lead to tooth decay and even cavities.

  • Citrus fruits

Citrus fruits, such as lemons, limes, and grapefruits, are acid-producing foods. Acids wear away tooth enamel, leaving teeth vulnerable to cavity development. If you absolutely must consume citrus, do so only in moderation and be sure to rinse your mouth with water afterward.

  • Sports drinks

Sports drinks often contain a lot of acid and sugar, both of which are bad for your teeth. The high acid content can damage the tooth enamel, which leaves your teeth more vulnerable to decay. The sugar, of course, is damaging as well.

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