Foods That Damage Your Teeth

Most of the time when people stress over the foods that they are eating, that stress grows from the caloric or fat intake of whatever morsel they are considering putting into their mouths. There are other risks for food beyond how they may affect body weight, however. Certain types of foods actually can put you at bigger risk for cavities, too, so avoiding certain foods (or at least being more mindful of brushing and flossing after eating them) can help you lower your risk of tooth decay.

The following are six of the worst foods for your teeth:


The fact that ice is just frozen water makes it seem like an ideal food for idle chewing, but according to the American Dental Association, chewing on any hard substance can seriously damage the enamel on your teeth and put you at higher risk for chipped, cracked, or broken teeth. It also can loosen crowns and pop off brackets for those with braces. Sucking on ice is fine, but chewing on it can cause big problems.


Chomping on hard candies presents all the same risks as chomping on ice, but with the added danger associated with all that sugar. Chewy candies are just as bad, as they can get stuck in your teeth longer, making them even more likely to cause decay.


While fruits are great for diets, oranges, lemons, and grapefruits are not always ideal for teeth because of their high acid content. Excessive acid in food can eat away tooth enamel, which exposes those teeth to decay. Eat these fruits in moderation if possible and rinse with water afterward if possible.


The sugar in soda is not great for teeth, but the carbonation is even more problematic, even in diet sodas that don’t technically have any sugar in them. Carbonated sodas are highly acidic, which creates the same problems as eating citrus. Drinking soda all day is like introducing a constant stream of acidity to your teeth, which obviously encourages more cavities to pop up.


Since it’s soft and bland, it would be easy to assume that bread is a fairly benign food for teeth, but saliva breaks down the starches in bread and transforms them into sugar. Since the bread is so soft in the first place, those sugars can get stuck in between teeth and cause tooth decay. Floss or rinse with water after eating bread to wash away any hiding bits of food.

Dried Fruit

While they seem like a healthy snack, dried fruits also get stuck in teeth incredibly easily, and since they have had all the water sucked from them, they represent a fairly high concentration of sugar. Eating fresh fruit is better for teeth in most instances, but if you do enjoy the occasional dried apricot or prune, rinse your mouth with water afterwards.

In moderation and with proper tooth care, these foods do not represent big problems, but eating or drinking too much of these things without brushing, flossing or rinsing properly afterward can boost the risk of tooth decay. Keep your teeth healthy by watching what you eat and drink each and every day, and use the general dentistry services of Dr. Robert Walley wherever needed!