Seven Worst Foods For Oral Health

Seven Worst Foods For Oral Health

Posted by Eva M. Fornos on Jan 3 2023, 10:12 PM

Seven Worst Foods For Oral Health

Good oral health is essential for maintaining overall health and well-being. Eating a well-balanced diet that incorporates all of the necessary nutrients can keep your mouth healthy. On the other hand, certain foods can damage our oral health. Here are a few such foods.

Sugary foods and beverages

Sugars found in soda, juice, and other sweetened drinks can wreak havoc on your dental health. Not only do they promote the formation of cavities, but they’re also acidic and can erode your tooth enamel as well. If you must drink these beverages, do so through a straw to keep the liquid away from the sides of your teeth. And brush your teeth as soon as possible afterward!

Plus, the calories in soft drinks can add up over time, making you gain weight and potentially damaging your health in other ways. If you’re craving something sweet, try a piece of fruit instead. They’re packed with nutrients like vitamins A and C, plus fiber that can help scrub away plaque from teeth.

Soft drinks

The sugar in soft drinks damages tooth enamel and causes decay. Due to its acidity, it may also soften the hard outer layer of a tooth called enamel. Enamel protects the dentin underneath from damage and decay. Once the enamel has been damaged, it is permanently lost. In addition, many soda beverages contain citric or phosphoric acid, which erodes enamel. Water is the best choice for hydration.

Coffee and tea

Coffee and tea do contain trace amounts of caffeine, which can contribute to staining the teeth or causing bad breath; however, the staining effect of coffee and tea is far less than that of soda. Hot drinks like coffee and tea can also dry out your mouth over time, which can lead to dry mouth. A dry mouth can increase the risk of tooth decay because saliva is so important for protecting against plaque buildup and keeping your mouth feeling clean and fresh. To help keep your mouth moist, drink plenty of water throughout the day and avoid snacking on dry foods that require a lot of chewing.


Alcohol is not good for your oral health. Not only is alcohol acidic, but it also reduces the body’s immune system response. This means that your body won’t be able to fight off oral bacteria as easily and may leave you more susceptible to cavities. Make sure that if you do choose to drink wine, you drink it in moderation. Too much wine can actually cause more harm than good when it comes to oral health. It can lead to a dry mouth, which can put you at a higher risk for tooth decay because saliva helps to protect your teeth from decay. It also leads to an increased chance of staining teeth and leaves you at risk for gum disease. The dehydration associated with excessive alcohol consumption also causes gums to recede, leading to exposed roots. This can make them prone to irritation and cause sensitivity issues. If you do notice your gums receding as a result of drinking a lot of alcohol, talk to your dentist about what you can do to rebuild your gums and protect them from further exposure. If you drink wine, avoid having too much in one sitting and try to rinse your mouth with water or brush your teeth as soon as possible after drinking in order to combat acidity and bacteria.

Sports drinks

Sugary sports drinks can quickly lead to cavities because they remain on the teeth for a long time and promote bacterial growth. They also contain acids that weaken tooth enamel. So, reduce the intake of sports drinks and switch to water instead. It is also a good idea to rinse with water after drinking them to reduce the acids that are produced.

Citrus Fruits and Juices

The acid in citrus fruits can wear down tooth enamel and really hurt the soft tissue of your gums. If you do choose to consume citrus juice or fruit, make sure to rinse your mouth out with water afterward. You can also brush lightly with a soft-bristled toothbrush to help remove food particles that may be stuck between your teeth. The best thing to do is limit your intake of these acidic foods and beverages.


Crackers made from 100% whole grain usually contain healthy ingredients like bran, fruits, and vegetables. However, some crackers on the market contain high amounts of refined grains and sugar. This combination of unhealthy carbs can lead to tooth decay. According to one study, eating refined grain products, such as crackers, was associated with higher plaque accumulation on tooth surfaces. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that constantly forms on the surfaces of the teeth. It causes cavities and gum disease if not removed through regular dental hygiene practices. The takeaway here is to choose healthier cracker options rather than choosing those that just taste good. That means avoiding those made with refined white flour or junk foods like cheese curls, Cheetos, and Doritos.

Dentists of Miami and Orthodontics have expert dental professionals who provide the best dental treatments to patients with the help of the latest technologies and modern amenities. For more details and appointments, call us at (305) 290-4999, book online, or visit us at 15790 SW 56th St, Miami, FL 33185.

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