Bad Foods And Drinks For Your Teeth

Published on October 15th, 2019 by Michael C. Griffin, D.M.D.

We all know that some foods and drinks are not great for our health, so it’s possible that they are not healthy for our teeth as well. Our dentist near Uptown wants you to know that in order to maintain a bright and straight smile, you should be avoiding these specific foods and drinks—or at least try eating them in moderation and brushing your teeth right afterward.


Sour Candies

Candy isn’t great for our oral health, but sour candy actually contains more and different kinds of acids. These types of acids are tougher on your teeth and the chewy pieces can stick to your teeth for longer periods of time with a higher chance of leading to decay.



When you are chewing bread, it forces your saliva to break down starches into sugar. This gummy paste-like substance will stick to the crevices between your teeth, ultimately causing cavities. If you are craving some carbs, choose a whole wheat option as it contains less added sugars and isn’t easily broken down like white bread.


Carbonated Drinks

Carbonated sodas can be damaging to your teeth because they enable plaque to produce more acid to attack tooth enamel. Sipping soda is essentially coating your teeth in acid and also staining your teeth. Opt for water instead when it comes to hydrating.


Dried Fruits

Even though certain fruits are healthy to snack on, dried fruits are not. Many dried fruits are sticky, ultimately getting stuck in your teeth and leaving behind lots of sugar. If you cannot give up your dried fruits, consider rinsing your mouth with water as you eat, and brushing and flossing when you finish.


Contact Us Today

We want to make sure you are making healthy snack and drink choices to keep your oral health in tip-top shape. If you have noticed some discoloration, stop by Northalsted Dental Spa today and our dentist near Uptown will work with you to help prevent staining.

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