Foods that damage your teeth

Food that  damage your teeth are various.

Good oral health can be maintained by brushing your teeth twice a day, and by paying regular trips to the dentist, such as Bristol dentist Cornelius Krause, who can check your teeth and gums for any signs of decay. However, you can also keep tooth decay at bay by avoiding certain foods, and we’ve made a list of some of the worst offenders.

Boiled sweets

Sweets that you suck are a dentist’s worst nightmare, as they effectively give the teeth a sugar bath. Not only that, but they can also trigger a broken tooth.


People are often surprised by this, as ice is made from water and doesn’t contain sugar, but sugar is not the only thing that can damage your teeth – crunching down on anything hard (like the boiled sweets listed above) can damage tooth enamel and increase your risk of an emergency trip to the dentist with a chipped or broken tooth.

Citrus fruits

Again, this one may come as a surprise, because we are led to believe that all fruit intake has major health benefits. Although you should not avoid citrus fruits entirely, do be aware that they have a very high acid content, which can be harmful to teeth, and can also irritate mouth sores and ulcers.

Dried fruit

Although dried fruits can be a very healthy snack, they are also sticky, which is not great for your teeth. Be sure to rinse with water after eating them, and to brush and floss carefully to remove any sticky residue.

Starchy foods

Bread, crisps and potatoes tend to leave a starchy build-up on the teeth which can lead to plaque. If you have a carb habit, remember to floss carefully after eating to try to minimise the damage to your teeth.

So long as you brush and floss thoroughly, twice a day, and pay regular visits to the dentist, there is no reason why you shouldn’t be able to enjoy all of these things occasionally, but if you do have concerns, or would like to book an appointment with a dental surgeon here at CK Dental in Bristol, please click here.