What food is bad for your teeth? 8 culprits that may shock you

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Some of the world's most delicious food is bad for your teeth.

As much as it hurts our ears, there are some things that we just can’t eat indefinitely. Yes, it would be nice as it would be to eat all the chocolate in the world.

But dentists keep insisting that, for the sake of our teeth and gums, we have to exercise at least some control. Some people are just no fun.

What food is bad for your teeth Some foods can be surprisingly bad for your teeth (Credit: Pexels)

What food is bad for your teeth?

If it's sugary, it's bad for your teeth.

Knowing this has made us look for equally delicious alternatives.

These usually make us feel incredibly virtuous for having restrained our natural impulse to binge. But how foolish we have been.

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As it turns out, there are plenty of foods out there that might seem harmless, but can be incredibly damaging, both in the long and short term.

To help you identify potential dangers, here are the eight foods that are way worse for your teeth than you might think

1. Fizzy water

You could be forgiven that opting for fizzy water is way more sensible than a standard serving of soda. Whilst it’s definitely free from many of the sugars that give soda such a bad name, the process of carbonating any drink actually makes it more acidic, which can also damage teeth.

Fizzy water (Credit: Pexels) Fizzy water can be bad for your teeth (Credit: Pexels)

2. Diet Soda

They might be sugar free, but diet sodas are far from harmless. Not only are they carbonated, but many of the chemicals that are included in order to reproduce soda’s sweet flavours can be dangerous in their own right and also contribute to tooth decay.

soda (Credit: Pexels) Just because they don't contain sugar, doesn't mean that diet sodas are ok (Credit: Pexels)

3. Crisps

Just because something is savoury doesn’t mean it can’t hurt your teeth. Crisps, which are made from starchy potatoes, naturally break down into sugars when they enter your mouth, harming your teeth and gums.

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The fact that they also clump between your teeth makes them doubly dangerous.

Crisps are more dangerous for your teeth than you might think (Credit: Pexels) Crisps are more dangerous for your teeth than you might think (Credit: Pexels)

4. Bread

Much like crisps, the starch in white bread also turns to sugar as soon as you start chewing. To make the situation worse, white bread already contains high levels of sugar as a flavour enhancer.

The starch in white bread can damage your teeth (Credit: Pexels) The starch in white bread can damage your teeth (Credit: Pexels)

5. Alcohol

Not only do many drinks, such as ciders, wine and cocktails contain copious amounts of added sugar, but there’s an even more insidious problem with drinking that can do damage to your teeth.

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It might be delicious, but alcohol is full of chromogens - coloured chemicals that can stain your teeth when you drink.

Alcohol can be bad for your teeth (Credit: Pexels) Alcohol can be bad for your teeth (Credit: Pexels)

6. Dried Fruit

Just because it has fruit written on the box doesn’t mean it’s going to be good for you. What makes dried fruit particularly bad for your teeth is that it’s gummy consistency helps the food work its way into the cracks between your teeth, where the sugars can go unchecked for several hours.

Dried fruit can be harmful (Credit: Pexels) Dried fruit can be harmful (Credit: Pexels)

7. Ice

You might think that there’s no harm in what is simply solid water, there’s more to ice than meets the eye.

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Dentists have warned that chewing on any hard substances can chip enamel and help cracks to develop in teeth - not ideal for anyone trying to look after their mouth.

Some dentists believe that ice can cause cracking in teeth (Credit: Pexels) Some dentists believe that ice can cause cracking in teeth (Credit: Pexels)

8. Pickles

Pickles are experiencing a popularity boom at the moment. As tasty as they are, however, there are a few unfortunate side effects to being a fan. The vinegar used to preserve them is highly acidic, which can be a key contributor to tooth decay.

pickles The acid in pickling vinegar could contribute to tooth decay (Credit: Pexels)

As annoying as it is to find out that eating your favourite things can have unwanted consequences, it’s best you find out sooner or later.

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No one wants to be crunching on an ice cube, only to have to book an emergency dental appointment.

At least now you have no excuse.