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Top 10 Foods That Are Bad For Your Teeth

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It’s no longer news that candy and other sugary foods wreak havoc on the teeth, but how about fruits and so-called sugar-free drinks? Having sparkling white teeth is definitely everyone’s dream. I don’t know about you, but I have always envied people who feature in toothpaste commercials. If  I had teeth as white as theirs, I’d probably smile everyone to death.
Does it seem like no matter how hard you try to get your teeth all white and sparkly, they only get worse day after day? Then I come bearing good news.

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Let me guess, you’ve probably heard that brushing and flossing twice a day is the best way to keep your teeth healthy. You may have even changed toothpaste brands three times a month, using all sorts of mouthwash and whitening products, all futile in making your teeth white again. But did you know that some of the foods you eat daily are secretly causing enough damage to your teeth, nullifying all your tooth-whitening efforts?

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Even if you brush three times a day, a change of diet is crucial, or the appearance of your teeth may keep going from bad to unbearable like the guy in the photo above. Surely no one wants to get there ???. So here is a list of 10 foods you should avoid or limit their intake because they have the power to ruin your smile and send your crush away.

1. Apples ?

Apples on the table

Everyone loves apples; they’re tasty and give this refreshing feel from just a single bite. Apples are also excellent sources of dietary fiber with a medium-sized apple having 4.4 grams making apples suitable for people with bowel and digestive problems. Well, apples may not be as innocent as they look after all, and this is not because of their supposed role in the fall of man in Eden. Apples have high acid content with a pH ranging between 2.9 – 3.3. Hence, they are surprisingly hard on your enamel. While eating an apple every day may keep the doctor away, the acid might keep your dentist on speed dial and keep the Ladies away ? (as a guy, we definitely don’t want that). Eating apple is fine, just be sure to rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash shortly after.

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2. Hard Candies.

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Mention the words “Free Candy” to any 5-year old and watch him/her go berserk. Who doesn’t like free candy? The indescribable sensation it fills your mouth with is just Wow! Well, keeping that aside, you probably know that the sugar in candy is a big problem. Hard candies are especially harmful because we tend to hold them in our mouths longer and chew them ?. Chewing hard candy is not advisable because it may get stuck in your teeth and promote decay. Also, be aware that cough drops/syrup are often made with sugar, so opt for a sugar-free brand if available.

3. Pickled Vegetables.

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Pickling is a food preservation process that involves increasing the shelf life of food by either anaerobic fermentation in brine or immersion in vinegar. The resulting food is called a pickle. The pickling process will typically affect the food’s texture and flavor. Foods that are pickled include meats, fruits, eggs, and vegetables. Pickles that are made with vinegar, which is acidic, can damage your teeth even though the vegetables are healthy. Drinking water with your meal helps wash away acids and sugar, but remember to brush an hour later.

4. Bread.

Delicious bread on the table
No need for long stories here because everyone on this planet knows what bread is. I consider myself a breadwinner considering the amount of bread I’ve consumed this year ??. However, what you may not know is that many loaves of bread contain sugar, especially processed white bread. It’s best to check the labels for any added sweeteners that will breed mouth bacteria. Bread is also sticky and gets between and behind your teeth.


5. Popcorn.

You can’t simply get enough of popcorn, especially when seeing a movie. We all know popcorn to be notorious for getting stuck in the teeth, and the areas between the teeth. Having sweet things get stuck in your teeth is a perfect way to start an exclusive Mouth bacteria party, and unfortunately, you’re the host. It’s okay to treat yourself to a bag of popcorn as long as you rinse your mouth with water and remember to floss and brush afterward.

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6. Peanut Butter.

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I still blame my sister for getting me addicted to peanut butter ?. Peanut butter is a food paste popular in many countries, a spread made primarily from ground dry roasted peanuts, but often containing additional ingredients that modify the taste or texture. Sticky and usually made with sugar, peanut butter not only feeds bacteria but makes it easier for them to adhere to teeth. Look for natural peanut butter with no added sugars to lessen the problem.


7. Jelly.

Gelatin desserts or jellies are desserts made with sweetened and flavored gelatin. Along with peanut butter, jelly or jam is loaded with sugar and quite sticky. Even the all-fruit brands contain natural sugars and encourage bacteria growth if not washed away soon.

8. Meat.



Listen carefully and listen good; I can never get tired of eating meat… Never!  ?Though tasty in every way, meat tends to get stuck between your teeth, and some meat products contain sugar as a preservative. While the amount may not be very high, any food that sits between your teeth can promote tooth decay. Try chewing sugarless gum after eating if you can’t brush right away.


9. Diet Soda.

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Diet soda (alternatively marketed as sugar-free, zero-calorie, or low-calorie) are sugar-free, artificially sweetened versions of fizzy beverages with virtually no calories. They are generally marketed toward health-conscious people, people with diabetes, athletes, and other people who want to lose weight, improve physical fitness, or reduce their sugar intake. Just because it doesn’t have sugar doesn’t mean your teeth is safe. The acidity of diet sodas is still extremely high, making it one of the worst products for your teeth.

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10. Salad Dressing.

Salad Dressing

More of a condiment than a food, salad dressings use vinegar and sugar for flavor. Salads should be a staple in anyone’s diet, but be careful of the dressings that can harm your smile.

There you have it, the 10 worst foods that can damage your teeth, according to Emmanuel Ozigi ?. Let’s be completely honest with ourselves; there’s no way you can avoid these foods completely ?. However, not taking them too often is an excellent first step to stopping that annoying tooth decay and coloration that’s plaguing your teeth. Couple this with brushing twice a day and flossing and you’re good to go.


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