4 Foods That Are Damaging Your Teeth

There is a reason people say you are what you eat. If you eat the wrong things, it can show on your body. And that includes your teeth.

It is important to protect your teeth. Especially because your enamel cannot repair itself once damaged.

Here are four of the top foods that can damage your teeth:

Acidic Foods


Lots of people love having an orange every now and then. Or maybe even a squirt of lemon juice in their water.

The problem is these foods are acidic. According to the American Dental Association, frequent exposures to acidic food can erode enamel, increasing the risk of decay.

Remember to keep these foods in moderation and to drink plenty of plain water afterward.

Sticky Foods


It is no secret that candy is bad for you. But, some candies are actually worse than others.

Candies that are chewy stick to your teeth longer, making them more likely to cause decay. So, next time you are craving something sweet, try to go for something that you can chew and wash away quickly.

Potato Chips


Whether it be on the side of your favorite sandwich or a snack for a football game, most people love the taste of potato chips.

The problem? According to the American Dental Association, potato chips are filled with starch, which tends to get stuck in your teeth. If left alone, this can lead to plaque buildup.

So, make sure you take extra care with your oral hygiene if you choose to snack on chips.



Everyone knows that soda isn’t good for you. But, most people don’t understand just how bad it is for you. According to Healthline, a recent study found that drinking large quantities of soda could be as damaging to your teeth as using methamphetamine and crack cocaine.

Most carbonated sodas are acidic, which on top of their sugar content makes them bad for your teeth. The American Dental Association recommends you drink sodas alongside a cup of water to minimize the negative effects.

As with anything, try to keep these foods in moderation. And if you have any tips on dealing with foods that can damage your teeth, leave them in the comments!

Sources: American Dental Association, Healthline


Dental Secrets is providing this information for informational purposes only. Please consult a dentist or health advisor for questions. These materials are intended, but not promised or guaranteed to be current, complete or up to date. What I write is my opinion and is not meant to be any sort of health or dental advice.

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