Candy and pop seem to always top the list of cavity causing food to avoid. Even these foods are fine in moderation and with proper brushing, flossing, and caring for your teeth. There are other foods, however, that are much worse for your teeth. Here is a list of surprising cavity causing foods.
So, what are some of the worst foods for your mouth?
Saltine Crackers – These crunchy, salty little crackers pack a big punch for your mouth. The reason is simple- Saltine crackers turn into sugar almost immediately after entering your mouth (because they are simple starches). The bacteria in your mouth thrives on simple sugars, and the bacteria will immediately begin to multiply. Those of you who have eaten these crackers also know that they turn into glue almost instantly in your mouth. This glue can stick with you long after you have finished eating. (FYI – The overgrowth of bacteria can be the culprit for bad breath.)
Goldfish Crackers – Goldfish crackers look very cute and happy, but they can wreak havoc on your teeth. See above for the reasons to be careful with how often you snack on these cute crackers. These little crackers ‘stick’ around as well. This means that the bacteria in your mouth gets fed all day until you brush and floss. The other issue with Goldfish crackers is that they are a very popular children’s snack. Be aware of what is in your children’s diet and help them keep their teeth and mouths clean.
Diet Coke – Sugar isn’t the only thing that is hard on your teeth. The acid in soda wears away your enamel. If you want to do an eye opening experiment you can put a penny in a glass of coke and see what happens to it in just a few short days. Rinsing your mouth after drinking soda can help minimize the effects, but please do not brush directly after downing a soda.(FYI – The combination of acid in soda and the abrasive action of brushing your teeth actually does more harm than good.)
Red Bull – Energy drinks, sports drinks, and vitamin water are all very acidic. The acid has a corrosive effect on teeth. A study was published in General Dentistry where teeth were submerged in sports and energy drinks to observe the effects. The teeth enamel showed signs of wear in just five days.
Dried Fruits – Dried fruit is good for your body, but you are better off going for the fresh stuff. When fruit is dried the moisture is sucked out of it, and this means that the resulting fruit is very high in natural sugars. Dried fruit act like a sticky candy as it clings to your teeth and traps in cavity causing bacteria.
Did you learn something? Knowledge is power when it comes to health issues.