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Keeping your teeth clean and healthy by flossing and brushing daily is essential, but did you know there is more to keeping those pearly whites, white? A healthy, balanced diet can help your teeth stay strong for years to come.

But what foods aren’t good for your teeth? Well that’s what we’re here for. We are going to show you six foods you should avoid that can help prevent future dental problems from occurring.

Citrus fruits

Citrus fruits and juices are rich in vitamin C and other nutrients, essential for a balanced diet, are not foods your teeth necessarily will benefit from. The acid in these foods can erode the enamel in your teeth slowly over time.

Oranges, specifically orange juice, will generally cause the least amount of erosion. Orange juice, when fortified with calcium and vitamin D, is less acidic and healthy for your teeth.


If you thought candy was good for your teeth, you are partially right. Some candy, like chocolate, is okay for you, in moderation. But if you’re eating candy that tends to be chewy or hard, it may be time to stop.

Chewy or sticky candies like caramel or taffy tend to stick to teeth for a long time, giving bacteria the opportunity to grow from the sugar. This bacterium causes the sugars from the candy to turn into acid, which dissolves tooth enamel that later cause cavities.

Hard candies will have the same effect, but may also cause your teeth to chip if you bite down on the candy the wrong way.

Crackers and chips

Crackers and chips are great snacking foods, but did you know they actually do more harm to your teeth than good?

These foods typically consist of refined carbohydrates that are easily converted into sugar once in your mouth, providing an excellent environment for cavities to form. Crackers and chips, after broken down in your mouth, tend to build up in the cracks and crevices of your teeth.

All of these foods, if treated in moderation, aren’t typically going to give you long-term problems. After you eat any of these foods, practice good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing your teeth. Give our office a call today at 858-457-7747 to schedule your teeth cleaning appointment.