04 Feb

The Most Unfriendly Food for Teeth

sugarYour food choices matter for more than your waistline and heart health. Certain foods are extensively damaging to your teeth as well. By avoiding these following foods, you can maintain healthier, whiter teeth and minimize your number of emergency visits to the dentist.

Citrus Foods

Citrus foods offer a number of health benefits like antioxidants that boost the immune system and target dangerous free radicals, but unfortunately the acid in citrus can erode enamel. With enough enamel, your teeth are more likely to erode over time. If you don’t think you can eliminate citrus in its entirety, minimize intake and avoid direct contact with the front of your teeth.

Coffee and Tea

Coffee and tea are dangerous for your teeth, but not just for their dark color. Most people are tempted to load up their caffeinated drinks with sugar, which leads to tooth decay. Though you may not be able to give up your morning cup of joe, you can definitely aim to reduce the sugar you add or use natural sugar alternatives.

Since coffee and tea can also contribute to dry mouth, try to balance out the beverages with plenty of water.

Dried Fruit

Fruit is great! But dried fruit has its downsides. Not only does dry fruit often lack much of the nutrition of fresh fruit, but it’s often coated in sugar and very sticky. The stickiness allows sugar to stick into the small crevices of your teeth and stay there for a long time. Brushing and flossing immediately after eating dried fruit is the safest way to avoid problems.


Most people are probably aware of soda’s deadly consequences to teeth. It’s full of sugar and acid that contribute to rotting and decay. Sipping soda gradually throughout the day is the worst way to drink it because the soda and acid never have a chance to be fully removed from your teeth. If soda is too hard to cut out of your diet, drink it all at once or with a meal. Be sure to brush afterward!

Dr. Obrochta