Five Surprising Food and Beverages To Avoid For Oral Health

It’s common knowledge that eating hard candy and drinking soda frequently can be extremely damaging for your teeth. There are many other foods and beverages that have the potential to cause an array of oral health issues. Here are five surprising food and beverage items to avoid to properly maintain your pearly whites:


  1.     Ice – according to the American Dental Association, chewing foods that are extremely hard, like ice, can be damaging to your oral health. Not only can it cause unexpected damage like chips or cracks, but it can also greatly impact the amount of enamel on your teeth. Find another way to beat the heat!
  2.     Bread – according to Healthline, bread can cause cavities because of how it sticks between teeth when it is chewed. This is particularly problematic because of how saliva interacts with the starch in bread and converts it to sugar. 
  3.     Alcohol – in addition to some of the detrimental effects that can be caused by sugary alcoholic drinks or carbonated beverages – many people don’t know that alcohol can also cause other significant oral issues. Healthline notes that alcoholic beverages often cause the mouth to dry out. Saliva is important for your oral health because it naturally clears away food particles. Without enough saliva, you are more susceptible to tooth decay and other complications. 
  4.     Citrus – enjoy citrus in moderation, because excess citrus consumption is associated with enamel erosion which can lead to decay. Limiting the amount of citrus in your diet will promote better oral health. Additionally, you should steer clear of citrus when experiencing any oral pain associated with sores or wounds in your mouth, as citrus will cause irritation.  
  5.     Dry fruits – dried fruits can pose risks because they stick to and between your teeth, which makes dried fruits cause cavities or decay more easily than other foods. If you choose to eat dried fruits or other sticky foods, be sure to floss and brush shortly after you consume these products.


While it is good to be aware of the types of foods that might cause tooth damage or decay, many of these food and beverage items will not cause issues if you are taking care of your oral health and only consuming them in moderation. For any oral health concern, book your appointment with Dr. Kiai and his knowledgeable team at Westwood Dental Esthetics today. Cut out cavities and visit our office regularly to maintain a healthy smile. 

Kaivan Kiai DDS

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