Yes, and you guessed it, some of our favorites are on the list.
Empty calorie foods such as candy (especially hard or sticky candies like lollipops, mints, taffy and caramel), sweets like cookies, cakes and muffins, and snack foods like chips are a cause for dental concern, not only because they offer no nutritional value, but because the amount and type of sugar that they contain can adhere to your teeth.
The bacteria in your mouth feed off these sugars, releasing acids, and that’s what leads to tooth decay. Sugar-containing drinks—soda, lemonade, juice and sweetened coffee or tea (iced or hot) are particularly harmful because sipping them causes a constant sugar bath over teeth, which promotes tooth decay.
Nutritious, acidic foods like tomatoes and citrus fruits can have acidic effects on tooth enamel, too, so eat them as part of a meal, not by themselves.
Dried fruits, including raisins, are also good choices for a healthy diet, but since they are sticky and adhere to teeth, the plaque acids that they produce continue to harm teeth long after you stop eating them. Opt for a piece of fresh fruit instead.
Are we saying never eat another piece of candy or a potato chip? No, simply make smart choices like the one’s listed here and if you do indulge, don’t forget to brush, floss and get regular dental cleanings. 🙂