10 Surprising Foods That Can Damage Your Teeth

Taking care of our teeth is essential for maintaining good oral health and avoiding damage. Brushing, flossing, and regular visits to the dentist are some of the key ways to keep your teeth healthy.

However, your diet is almost just as important. Certain foods and drinks can cause serious damage to your teeth, even if you have excellent oral health and a fine-tuned hygiene routine.

Be cautious of these 10 foods and drinks

1. Citrus fruits

Citruses, such as oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruits, are packed with vitamins and nutrients. However, they are also high in acid, which can erode the enamel of your teeth, leading to a higher risk of tooth decay and sensitivity. 

2. Sports drinks

While they are often marketed as a healthy alternative to carbonated drinks, sports drinks can be just as damaging to your teeth. These drinks are high in sugar and acid, which can erode your tooth enamel and lead to cavities.

3. Ice

Chewing on ice can be a refreshing way to cool down on a hot day, but it can also damage your teeth. Ice is hard and can cause cracks or chips in your teeth, which can lead to tooth sensitivity and even infection.

4. Dried fruits

This popular snack is another favourite healthy snack, but dried fruits are incredibly high in sugar and stick to your teeth, leading to a build-up of bacteria and plaque that can lead to tooth decay.

5. Chips

Chips, or crisps, are a popular snack but aren’t great for your teeth. They are starchy and can get stuck in your teeth, which can increase plaque. Additionally, chips with sharp edges can cut your gums and cause them to bleed.

6. White wine

Red wine is known for staining your teeth and being the more sugar-heavy option of the two varieties, but white wine also has disadvantages when it comes to your teeth. White wine is high in acid, which breaks down the enamel in your teeth and makes them more prone to staining and damage.

7. Cough syrup

You can’t help being sick and needing medication, but did you know that the cough syrup in your medicine cabinet contains just as much sugar as sweets? Be careful when consuming cough syrup or drops, as too much sugar can lead to decay and cavities. 

8. Caramel

Caramel is another irresistible treat that sometimes seems too good to be true. Unfortunately, the texture and consistency of caramel treats make them difficult to chew and can hurt your jaw. At the same time, they also stick to your teeth and can be challenging to get off.

9. Vinegar

This is another acidic flavour people often through over chips, fish and salads that can be detrimental to oral health. The high acidity breaks down the enamel on teeth, leaving them vulnerable to all sorts of awful symptoms.

10. Kombucha

The kombucha craze had everyone drinking this gut-friendly beverage, but it’s not all positive. Kombucha is highly acidic and can wear away at your teeth, leaving them vulnerable to sensitivity, staining and decay. 

Everything in moderation

It’s perfectly fine to enjoy sweets, drinks and acidic foods, but in moderation. Ensure you maintain a good oral hygiene routine and visit the dentist regularly to catch any signs of damage or discolouration early on.

Our top tip for avoiding damage to your teeth is to rinse your mouth with water after consuming these foods and drinks. This neutralises the acid in your mouth and can help prevent damage.

If you’re in need of dental assistance, don’t hesitate to visit us at Smith & Van Lierop Dentistry!