Keeping your teeth white and plaque-free shouldn’t be the only thing you think about when taking care of your teeth. There are lots of foods that put your teeth at risk when you eat them. We have put together a list of foods that have the potential to damage your teeth.

Candy

All candy has the potential to damage your teeth. Hard candy has the potential to chip your teeth, while soft candy that you suck on basically coats all of your teeth in sugar. Chewy candies embed themselves between your teeth and can affect your teeth negatively long after you’ve finished eating them or stick to any crown or filling you may have and loosen them. Sour candies might be the biggest offender as they do all three at once! Not only are they filled with sugar, but they stick to your teeth, and the sour coating is composed of acids that eat away at your tooth enamel. 

Chewy Snacks and Supplements

You should avoid chewy snacks and supplements because oftentimes, sugar is the main ingredient in these items. They leave behind sticky bits in your teeth, which allows the sugar to attach your teeth and gums after you’ve consumed them. 

It’s not only the obvious offenders that everyone is aware of to watch out for, but “alternatives” to chewy candy, like dried raisins, cranberries, and goji berries. While these options are always the better option when compared to sugar, they aren’t as tooth-friendly as they may be perceived. They are still high in sugar albeit it is good sugar, they still have the potential to linger and damage your teeth. You shouldn’t stay away from dried fruits as they can be a great source of vitamins and minerals, but instead of having them as a snack, you should try to incorporate them into your meals. 

Popcorn

Many people indulge in popcorn when enjoying a movie, but unpopped kernels can leave you with more than you bargained for. If bitten on too hard, they have the potential to chip your teeth. Popcorn also poses another threat with the shell covering the kernel. It can get stuck between your teeth and gums, which can encourage the growth of bacteria and promote tooth decay. 

Ice

All it is water, so chewing on must be okay to chew on. Wrong. Chewing on any hard substances makes your teeth vulnerable to chipping, cracking, breaking, and can also loosen your crowns. There is no problem with having ice in your beverage but you should always avoid munching on them. 

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