We all strive to keep our pearly whites in great condition. But as we all know, it takes work and dedication to retain our beautiful smiles. By avoiding certain foods and keeping up with brushing, we can also avoid unwanted trips to the dentist. However, when it comes to our teeth we’ve all been told to avoid candy as it can quickly rot our teeth. But as it turns out, there are more foods we should be aware of that can prove to be more harmful than candy! Here are 14 foods dentists say you should avoid.
14. Dried Fruit
“Dried fruit is really like eating candy,” says Stephen J. Stefanac, DDS, professor of oral medicine and periodontics at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. “It has the stickiness and high sugar content.” Which ultimately means that the sugar from dried fruits can get stuck in between your teeth–the perfect formula for cavities. Skip the dried fruit and stick to the fresh kind.
It’s no secret that soda isn’t great for your teeth, as one 12-ounce can of soda contains a shocking 39 grams of sugar–which is equivalent to almost 10 teaspoons. However, this isn’t the only issue when it comes to soda’s effects on our teeth. “It’s very acidic,” says Tricia Quartey, DDS, a dentist in Brooklyn, New York. “And acid can break down the enamel.”