5 Surprising Foods That Can Damage Teeth

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We all know that sugar and teeth just don’t mix, but some of the worst foods that we probably all love can that damage teeth seemingly contain very little sugar at all! Despite growing up and hearing “Do not eat too much sugar, you will rot your teeth.” That is not entirely accurate.

Along with my weight and mental health, my teeth are my third biggest health problem. As far back as I can remember I have always had to be careful what I ate since certain foods damage teeth. problems with my gums, teeth, cavities, etc. My family, in general, has what they explained as “soft teeth” which are prone to a lot of problems with chipping, cavities, cracking, and falling out.

Some of the worst foods that we probably all love can that damage teeth seemingly contain very little sugar at all, which may surprise you.
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If you’ve been getting cavities and wonder why then here are eight of the worst foods that are known to damage teeth so that you can avoid them. 

Sour candies

Sour candies may not taste sweet, but they are still crammed with sugar, and what’s worse is they’re also full of acids that literally erode teeth. Combine sugar and acid with a sweet that is chewy and hard to get out from between your teeth and you have a recipe for decay.


Bread, especially white bread, may not contain a whole lot of processed sugar, but when your saliva starts to break it down, the starch turns into a gummy sugar paste that is just as bad as eating candy. If you don’t want to give up bread for good, stick to wholemeal varieties that don’t break down into sugar as quickly. 


Ice may only be water, but it’s not what’s in it that’s bad for your teeth. Crunching on ice is like trying to chew on a rock and can chip your tooth enamel leaving the surface of your teeth open to decay. 


Oranges may be healthy and one of your five a day, but citrus juice is very acidic and sugary and can erode enamel causing tooth decay. If you’re going to eat citrus fruits such as grapefruit and orange, then eat the whole fruit rather than drinking just the juice so that you get the benefit of the fiber, and ideally brush your teeth afterward too.

Potato chips

Potato chips are another surprising tooth destroying food and react in the same way as bread when chewed in the mouth. When mixed with saliva, the starch in potato chips begins to break down into sugars, which can cause a bacteria build-up and decay if left between the teeth. 

How to protect your teeth

Virtually any food if left between your teeth can lead to decay over time. So it is essential to maintain proper dental hygiene and to visit your dentist regularly so that any decay can be caught early. If you fail to look after your teeth properly, then you could find yourself with gum disease and tooth loss and face the need to invest in costly dental implantswww.totalfreedomdentalimplants.com. Here are three ways that you can protect your teeth from these harmful foods. 

  • Brush and floss twice a day to remove food particles that may be stuck on or between your teeth. 
  • Use an antibacterial mouthwash to kill any bacteria hiding between teeth. 
  • Limit how often you eat highly sugary, starchy, or acidic foods, such as candies, bread, potato chips, and citrus fruits, and rinse your mouth out with water when you do to neutralize the acids. 

There you have it – the five worst foods for your teeth and what you can do to help protect your smile if you’re going to keep on eating them. 

Written by Anna C.

I am a wife and mother of two sons. We live in Rural Northeast Ohio with our 2 cats, 2 dogs & many fish. I love all things Supernatural, Harry Potter, elephants, sunflowers, crystals, occult, crafting, coffee, wine, and online shopping. Have a TikTok, PokemonGo & Elder Scrolls addiction, I've always loved plants, recently I became a houseplant mom, and am currently growing over 15 varieties in our home! Now if I could get my outside gardens to flourish I will be happy. When I'm not tending to the home, pets, plants, or hanging out on the couch catching up on my shows, I'm doing some type of crafting or DIY project. (Or I'm pestering my husband in the barn.)

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