.Certain habits can affect our teeth and oral health as a whole. Sometimes, we are totally unaware of the dangers of what we consume and its effect on our teeth. In order to enlighten you properly, we drew up 10 foods we consume that are bad for the teeth. Keep on reading and our list may catch you unawares. 

  1. Dry Fruits 

Unarguably, dry fruits are sumptuous. They have a certain effect on our taste buds, drawing us into a place of satisfaction. However, they get stuck on our teeth, causing discomfort and could accumulate within the interdental spaces. If you are a regular eater of dry fruits, then you should also be regular with flossing. 

  1. Tomatoes

Don’t be surprised. Tomato is a healthy food for the body but their acidic nature makes it bad for your teeth. It is advised that you avoid eating raw tomatoes in order to avoid oral disease like tooth sensitivity, and abrasion. 

  1. White Bread 

Lovers of white bread can hold a grudge against us right now? Well, white bread may look so fluffy, and ready to eat but take a pause right there, a break down of that bread in your mouth from starch to sugar can make the bread sticky, gumming it to your teeth. If stuck bread is not rinsed off, you are likely to get gum disease or tooth caries. 

  1. PopCorn 

Popcorn kernels can mistakenly cut your gums, this is really rare and in some cases if you already have a hole on your teeth, these kernels can pile up there and worsen the situation. 

  1. Oranges and Lemons 

We earlier spoke about acidity in tomatoes. Also, it is no news that oranges and lemons are one of the most acidic fruits ever created. Food items like oranges and lemons are primary drivers of tooth decay and enamel erosion. Avoid too much intake of these food items and to keep your teeth safe, ensure you have a rinse after meals. 

  1. Candies 

In truth, candies are bad for the teeth because they stay longer in the mouth before they eventually dissolve. As a result of this, it gives sugar the ability to absorb into the gum and teeth. If you are a candy fan, you can try as much as possible to take plenty of water in between consumption. 

  1.  Alcohol

You would totally agree that alcohol is not healthy. Have you realized that for every time you take a sip of alcohol, your mouth goes dry? Thought of the implications? Well, a dry mouth lacks saliva and to keep your teeth healthy, saliva is highly required to do this. To keep your mouth hydrated, reduce intake of alcohol and take water instead. 

  1. Carbonated Drinks 

Recent studies have shown that high consumption of carbonated drinks could be damaging to the teeth as using methamphetamine and crack cocaine. Carbonated drinks also help progress the effect of plaque on the teeth. We wouldn’t also forget that carbonated drinks can cause discoloration on the teeth.We advise that you brush your teeth immediately after a soda consumption. 

  1. Ice

All it contains is water, so it’s fine to chew ice, right? Not so, according to the American Dental Association. Chewing on a hard substance can damage enamel and make you susceptible to dental emergencies such as chipped, cracked, or broken teeth, or loosened crowns. You can use your ice to chill beverages, but don’t chew on it. To resist the urge, opt for chilled water or drinks without ice.

  1. Potato Chips

The crunchy sound of potato chips can make anymore crave for more. Sadly, they are equipped with a high amount of starch. These starch when they get into the mouth, they convert to sugar. Thus causing issues to the teeth. 

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