There is a popular saying that states “you are what you eat.” This is especially true when it comes to your teeth. Not all food is created equal when it comes to dental health. Here are a few of the foods your teeth wished you would avoid.

1. Potato Chips

While chips can be a satisfying and crunchy snack, they are also pure starch. What’s bad about that, you may ask? Starch quickly converts to sugar after being eaten and easily gets trapped between your teeth and along the gumline. This is obviously very bad for your teeth. The best thing you can do is floss your teeth immediately after finishing your snack.

2. Sour Candy

Everyone knows that candy is bad for your teeth but sour candy is indubitably the worst. This is because the chemicals that make the sour flavor is far more acidic than traditional candy ingredients. This combined with the fact that they are almost always of the chewy variety means they are easily caught in your teeth and get stuck there.

3. Soda

It should be no surprise to anyone that carbonated sodas are terrible for your teeth. Not only are they loaded with sugar but the carbonation works in conjunction with the sugar to break down the enamael coating on your teeth. Making it worse, if you brush your teeth immediately afterward, the weakened enamel can be further damaged by the brushing action. To avoid this dental health pitfall, drink plain water. If you simply must have a carbonated beverage, try unsweetened sparkling water, which has been shown to not damage teeth.

By avoiding these unhealthy foods, you can take a proactive step in protecting your beautiful smile. By choosing healthier foods, not only will you be treating your teeth better but you’ll be treating your entire body better as well.

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