Amelia Grant

I am Amelia Grant, journalist, and blogger. I think that information is a great force that is able to change people’s lives for the better. That is why I feel a strong intention to share useful and important things about health self-care, wellness and other advice that may be helpful for people. Being an enthusiast of a healthy lifestyle that keeps improving my life, I wish the same for everyone.

8 Foods and Drinks That Can Worsen Your Oral Health

Many people believe that the foods and beverages they consume on a daily basis have no effect on the health of their teeth and gums. The truth, however, is the exact reverse. A nutritious diet can help your body get the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients it needs.


If you want to have healthy teeth and gums, you must practice good dental hygiene, visit a dentist twice a year, and eat a well-balanced diet. This means you should avoid the following foods and drinks that can damage your teeth and gums.


1. Sour candy

It should come as no surprise that confectionery is bad for your teeth. However, sour candy includes various types of acids that are more difficult on your teeth. Moreover, because they're chewy, they adhere to your teeth for a longer period of time, increasing the likelihood of decay. If you're craving something sweet, try a square of chocolate, which you can devour fast and wash away effortlessly.


2. Sugary and carbonated drinks

Sugary sodas, juices, energy drinks, and milkshakes are quite bad beverages for your oral cavity. They wash your teeth in sticky, sweet liquids that are also acidic. When the acid level in our mouth falls below a pH of 5.5, our teeth begin to deteriorate, and sodas often have a pH of 3 to 4. Other carbonated drinks, such as seltzers, are acidic as well. So are coffees and alcoholic beverages, which are frequently accompanied by sweet syrups and mixers.


3. Citrus juices and fruits

Unquestionably, citrus fruits and juices belong to a healthy diet. However, if you consume a lot of citruses, the acid in the fruit can erode away at the enamel of your teeth, rendering them prone to infection and cavities. Using a straw when drinking juice will allow some of the acid to skip your teeth. And wait at least 30 minutes before cleaning your teeth after eating or drinking anything acidic.


4. Ice

You'd be shocked how many people believe that ice is beneficial to their teeth. After all, it's made of water and has no sugar or other chemicals. Chewing on hard items, on the other hand, might expose your teeth to a dental emergency and destroy enamel. That's why it is better to break the habit and consume water in its natural form.


5. Snacks and crisps

Chips have a texture that becomes "gummy" after chewing. The resultant material sticks around in your mouth. Crisps are starchy and can become caught in your teeth, allowing acid-producing bacteria to damage your teeth and increase your risk of dental decay. The starch in crisps converts to sugar, which becomes stuck between your teeth and feeds plaque and bacteria, eventually leading to cavities.


6. Dried fruit

Although some dried fruits look to be nutritious snacks, others, such as apricots, prunes, and figs, are sticky. They stick to your teeth and leave a lot of sugar behind. This is not to say you shouldn't eat them at all. However, you should rinse your mouth with water, brush, and floss afterward. However,  fresh fruit is always preferable to dried produce.


7. Alcohol

Many people may be aware that consuming alcohol isn't very healthy. But did you know that drinking causes your mouth to dry out? A dry mouth lacks saliva, which is necessary for tooth health. Saliva keeps food particles from clinging to your teeth and wipes them away. It even aids in the treatment of early indicators of tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral diseases. 


8. Sauce for pasta

Tomatoes are healthy, but you should be mindful that they are quite acidic. And when you top your spaghetti with a tomato-based pasta sauce, you're giving your tongue a double whammy. The acidic tomato sauce dissolves tooth enamel, while the carbohydrates in the pasta feed the germs that cause cavities.