10 Bad Foods for Your Teeth

Posted by CITY FAMILY DENTAL on Feb 10 2022, 12:33 PM

Food has an impact on your oral health. A healthy diet is important for good oral hygiene too. You may protect your teeth and gums against dental disorders by limiting your intake of the foods mentioned below. 

Sugary Food Items

Sugary food when mixed with bacteria forms cavities. Sticky foods on the other hand attach to teeth and gums. Reduce intake of food like toffee, chewing gum, and caramels.


Pickles and vinegar-containing foods have a high concentration of acid. Acid can erode your tooth enamel.

Soft Drinks

Soft drinks or beverages contain large amounts of sugar and acid. This can lead to dental erosion. Use a straw to reduce the impact of acid on teeth.

Citrus Fruits

Citric fruits are highly acidic. As we mentioned, acid can erode enamel and cause tooth decay. 


Wine dries the mouth and tends to stain teeth. It is also acidic, which might harm the teeth’s enamel.

Dried Fruits

Dried fruits can get trapped and stick in between teeth. Leftover food promotes bacteria growth in the mouth, thereby increasing the chances of tooth decay.


Saliva helps to remove food stuck in the teeth and reduces the effect of acid. It acts as a natural defense system against gum diseases and cavities. Foods like alcohol, coffee, and energy drinks make the mouth excessively dry of saliva, putting you at risk of the dental issues that saliva prevents.

Starchy Food

Starchy food tends to lodge between teeth. Food remnants mixed with bacteria form plaque on the teeth. 

Highly Acidic Food

Acidic beverages tend to reduce the pH of your saliva, thereby wearing off the enamel. Weak enamel can lead to sensitivity and teeth discoloration.

Very Hard Foods

Foods like ice, candy, and nuts damage the tooth enamel and increase the risk of tooth chipping off.  

Dental Tips

  • To maintain good oral health, rinse your mouth after meals and stay hydrated throughout the day. Fluoridated water helps to remineralize tooth enamel. 
  • Brushing and flossing are always great options to keep tooth decaying bacteria at bay. Try to limit the snacks consumed throughout the day. 

It is also recommended to follow a healthy diet rich in fiber and green leafy vegetables. Contact our dental team to learn more about how food affects oral well-being. 

If you want to know more about dental care, visit us at City Family Dental, 1317 Oakdale Rd Suite 310, Modesto, CA 95355. You can call us at (209) 554-1700 to schedule your appointment.

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