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10 Foods That Are Bad For Your Teeth

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You don’t need to avoid all food that is bad for your teeth, but you should keep an eye out so you don’t overconsume these foods. If you do consume the foods listed in this article, don’t panic, just have fun, however, dentist would recommend that you clean your teeth thoroughly after consumption. On of the issues with these foods is that most of the time they are being consume at night. If you have a bunch of sugary foods at night, then don’t brush your teeth, it will be hard to avoid plaque & tartar build up which will eventually result in bigger health problems.

What food is bad for teeth?

There is not one specific type of food that is bad for your teeth, but there are things you should look out for. The biggest issue for teeth is sugary, starchy sticky food. This type of food is harder to clean, promotes decay, and provides no nutritional benefit. It also sticks in-between your teeth so it will be harder to clean which will make matters even worse. you should also try to avoid hard and crunchy foods, these foods may cause abrasive damage, or could even chip your teeth/dental appliances. 

If you eat any of these foods, clean your mouth thoroughly, if you crunchy hard food, definitely chew with your molars, and try to avoid using your front teeth. 


Popcorn is a snack that is mostly consumed at movie theatres, maybe sporting events, typically stadium-style events that have longer watch times. So you probably won’t be eating popcorn on a regular basis, but a lot of people are regular popcorn consumers. If you eat popcorn you probably won’t have to worry about chipping a tooth unless you bite down really hard on a kernel, but you should clean your mouth after. The kernels and pieces of popcorn have a tendency to get stuck in between your teeth and there’s small possibility you could scratch your mouth, or chip a tooth. Flossing with a floss pick, or using a tooth pick immediately after consumption is a great way to mitigate this possibility. 

Carbohydrate-Rich Foods

There is naturally occurring bacteria in your mouth, this is totally normal. However, if you eat high carb foods (food with lots of sugar, natural or added), the bacteria will turn the sugar into acid. The acid from the bacteria will decay your teeth, as well as possibly turn into plaque and tartar. To prevent this from happening, you should brush and floss vigorously. Most of these foods also tend to be sticky, or will get easily caught between your teeth. Just like popcorn, clean everything to be safe.


Ok, it’s a drink, not food, but it often goes with food, and have you ever heard of rum cake? Most adults tend to drink alcohol to some degree regardless if there is a celebration to be had or not. This is totally fine, the main issue with alcohol is two-fold. Alcohol generally contains mostly carbs with nutritional benefit. When you drink alcohol most of the time you’re eating things like chips, burgers, fries, pizza etc. Be mindful of how much you eat and drink then enjoy!


It’s unfortunate that most of the “fun” foods are the ones that are generally the worst for your teeth. You can eat these foods every weekend though if you wanted to. So long as your not overconsuming them, or neglecting your oral hygiene, you should be ok. Just remember to prioritize healthy food.
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