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How do I know what foods can damage my teeth? Not surprisingly, food packages bought at stores are not labeled with giant stickers alerting you to their increased risk for oral ailments, so it is important to know which ingredients and foods may be doing your teeth and gums more harm than good.

Avoid surprise cavities and plaque buildup this year by knowing which harmful foods not to consume. Here are some risks to watch out for:

Sticky or Hard Snacks: Sticky candy such as taffy or gummies, along with hard candy such as candy canes and lollipops can damage our teeth or can be difficult to remove via daily cleaning habits. Other easily stuck foods in our mouths include popcorn, various meat products, caramels, peanut butter, and jelly.

Acidic Foods: Many types of sour candy have a pH level comparable to battery acid, so avoidance of them is a must. In addition, even some healthy foods can be extremely acidic, such as lemons and oranges, so be sure to eat them with meals to dilute the acids in them.

Sugary Sweets: Sugar is used by bad bacteria in our mouths and converted into acids which can eat away at our tooth enamel. Foods packed with sugar include candy, soft drinks, juices, cookies, cakes, sport drinks, and various snacks.

Fermentable carbohydrates: Fermentable carbohydrates are carbs that be broken down in our mouths into acids that can eat away at our tooth enamel. These include nearly all types of sugar such as high fructose corn syrup as well as starchy items such as donuts and white bread.

Don’t let bad habits ruin your smile. If you need an oral exam or professional cleaning by our dentists at Best Dentistry or would like book an appointment with Dr. Linh Nguyen, call us at 206-783-3000, to schedule a visit to our office in Seattle, Washington. We look forward to making your smile the best it can be!