Foods That Are Bad for Your Teeth
A well-balanced diet can help promote better dental health, but not all otherwise healthy habits are really good for your teeth. In fact, some can even be dangerous.
Fruit juice is rich in vitamins, but it also contains a potent blend of acid and sugar that could erode teeth. You can still get all the benefits of juice by enjoying fresh fruit instead, which is a watery, fiber-rich treat that can be good for your teeth and your body. If you simply cannot get moving in the morning without a tall glass of OJ, rinse with water after drinking or chew sugar-free gum to dilute and neutralize the acids.
High-carb foods such as muffins, cereal bars and bagels are great on-the-go meals and snacks, but their starchy texture tends to stick to teeth while the sugars they contain feed oral bacteria. If you need a fast meal or snack that you can grab on the run, try natural yogurts, cheese sticks or fresh fruits.
Diet sodas are also bad for your teeth. More people are turning to diet sodas instead of regular sodas in an effort to reduce their sugar intake. Diet sodas may not have sugar, but they do still have acids. This acid attacks the enamel on your teeth. If you simply must have a soda, use a straw to minimize contact between the beverage and your teeth, and then rinse with water or chew sugar-free gum to protect your teeth.