The Most Damaging Foods For Your Teeth


We all should know that some foods are worse for our teeth than others… but do you know which foods?


Citrus fruit

Citrus fruits and juices – a rich source of vitamin C and other nutrients – are good for you in many ways, but not when it comes to your teeth. Grapefruit and lemon juice, in particular, are highly acidic and can erode tooth enamel over time. In a 2008 study that involved soaking pulled teeth in various citrus juices, those two caused the most damage. Orange juice caused the least.

OJ is less acidic, and many store-bought varieties are also fortified with teeth-friendly calcium and vitamin D.


Chewy Sweets

The stickier the toffee, the worse it tends to be for your teeth. Extra-chewy toffee – like caramel – stick to (and between) teeth for a long time, allowing the bacteria in our mouths to feast leisurely on the deposited sugar.

Sweets that are chewy, sugary, and acidic – a category that includes many “sour” varieties – deliver a “triple whammy” of negatives.


Fizzy Drinks

It’s no secret that drinking too many sugary sodas can breed cavities. What’s less well-known is that the acids found in carbonated soft drinks appear to harm teeth even more than the sugar. The upshot? Even sugar-free diet sodas like Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi – which both contain citric and phosphoric acid – can erode enamel if consumed in large doses.

If you can’t do without soda, your best bet is to drink it during a meal, rather than sipping it throughout the day. The food will help neutralise the acid, and the time of exposure to the acid is much shorter.


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