If you want to get serious about your teeth care, avoiding excessive amounts of certain foods may help your smile continue to gleam for years to come. Foods full of acids, and sugary ones that linger on your pearly whites for long periods of time, top the list of fare that is bad for your teeth.
Sodas and Sports Drinks
Drinks high in sugar, like soda, sports drinks, and sweetened teas can bathe the teeth in a continuous layer of acid. This is because we sip those drinks over time, exposing the teeth to 20 to 30 minutes of high sugar and acid. A 2008 University of Iowa study showed that enamel wear increased after a 25 hour steep in such drinks. In fact, Gatorade topped the studies’ list with Red Bull, Coke, and Diet Coke close behind.
Candy that you suck on are bad for your oral health, as they, like sugary drinks, also remain around for a long while they melt. Hard candies also stick your teeth giving acid-producing bacteria a chance to harm your choppers. Furthermore, many types of hard candy contain citric acid, a known tooth offender.
Sticky candies, like gummy worms, taffy, or jellybeans, are very bad for the teeth. They tasty treats also takes= a very long time to dissolve in your mouth, causing the bacteria to feed on the sugar that coats everything. Sour and chewy candy are even worse, as they have the added detriment of eroding acid, sugars, and bacteria at the same time.
Though citrus fruit and its juices may be a great source of vitamin C and keeping away scurvy, it’s not so hot for you teeth. Grapefruit and lemon juice are the worst types, as they are the most acidic, In fact they were found in a 2008 study to affect teeth the most. Orange juice, being slightly less acidic option, is better for you and some varieties found in supermarkets contain calcium and vitamin D, which can both benefit teeth.
Vinegar, which is used in pickling anything, is full of acid. It’s why we like the crunchy dills and mini sweets. Many types of pickles also have sugar added to them as well. A 2004 English study proved that eating pickles more then one time a day increased the odds of teeth wear by 85 percent. Most of us don’t eat pickles that often of course, and normal occasional snacking on pickled delights is not harmful.
All coffee stains. You’ve seen your old mugs with those brown streaks in them. Well, your teeth are no different. Coffee stains can be very resistant to brushing and the stains themselves can be sticky, which can draw in bacteria and particles of food. Studies have even shown that coffee is even more staining then tobacco on teeth. Coffee can also be very acidic and plenty of folks also add sugar to their brew, making it trouble for teeth.
Eli Madrone is a freelance writer who blogs about health, travel and food. He learned about foods that are bad for teeth from Dr. Richard L. Dietrich, a Portland OR Dentist