Five surprising foods that can harm your teeth
1. White Wine :
Don’t let its color fool you. Chardonnay, pinot grigio and other white wines are highly acidic, and that acid can slowly erode your tooth enamel, leaving it more susceptible to staining from other foods and sensitivity to pain.
2. Raisins :
While dried fruits might be kinder to your waistline than candy, they can be just as bad for your teeth. The reason? Fruits are full of fructose, a form of sugar. When fruit is dried, the concentrated sugar becomes sticky, adhering to your mouth and doing nearly as much tooth decay damage as candy. A great snack alternative? “Nuts” They have almost no sugar, they’re
Full of protein, and they will make you feel fuller longer.
3. Sugar Free Drinks and candy :
If you think you’re doing yourself a favor be swapping your regular soda or sports drink for diet or sugar free, think again. A recent study found that some sugar free beverages and candy can cause just as much tooth decay as their sugar filled counterparts. The reason? The sugar free products contain acidic additives that erode tooth enamel as much as sugar does.
4. Potato Chips :
They may satisfy a salty craving, but this crunchy snack can cause a lot of problems in your mouth. When you chew chips they break into really small pieces that can be lodged and compacted into the grooves and crevices of the teeth. Also they are simply carbohydrates, which are broken down by the enzymes in saliva to simple sugars, making them nearly as bad as candy for your mouth.
5. Ice :
Lots of people like to crunch on ice, and it seems like a harmless snack-it keeps you cool and hydrated and has no calories. But chewing ice isn’t harmless. The habit puts a lot of stress on your teeth, causing significant wear and maybe even fracture. A good alternative is to simply drink water.