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9 Foods That Are Ruining Your Teeth

With recent studies suggesting prosecco may be wearing away our enamel due to its acidic nature, we did some delving to find out all the hidden culprits that could be damaging our teeth…

White & Red Wine

Red wine has long had a bad rap for discolouring teeth but don’t let white wine fool you either. Whether yours is a Pinot Grigio or Chardonnay, the majority of white wines are highly acidic, and that acid can erode the hard outer shell of your teeth (enamel), leaving them more prone to sensitivity and staining. Don’t want to give up your favourite tipple? Pair wine with a slice of cheese, which studies suggest can help minimise the damage caused by acid.

Lemons

Lemons may be low in calories, packed with fibre and high in vitamin C, but avoid pure lemon juice, which can take its toll on tooth enamel. While lemon water may come with a whole host of health benefits too, just be sure to rinse your mouth with plain water after drinking – saliva contains minerals that offset enamel damage. Tend to have lemon water first thing? Avoid brushing your teeth for 30 minutes after drinking, as an abrasive toothpaste can thin softened enamel. And avoid adding lemon to hot drinks – heat plus acid is a sure-fire route to enamel erosion.

Coffee

No surprises here – the dark hue of your daily cup of java won’t do your teeth any favours, so be sure to use a good whitening toothpaste to counteract any discolouration. On the flip side, coffee is loaded with antioxidants and can help to lower your risk of Type 2 diabetes, so drink wisely and in moderation.

On a Similar Note

Prosecco

It may be the nation’s favourite bubbly, but the bubbles in prosecco have been proven to erode teeth due to their high concentration of phosphoric, malic, citric and tartaric acids that literally ‘melt’ away enamel, explains celebrity dentist Dr Richard Marques. To make matters worse, prosecco has more sugar per glass than Champagne; with around one teaspoon of sugar per serving, it could cause tooth decay too.

Green Juice

The holy grail of the health world, a green juice may be packed with a bevy or raw fruits and vegetables but its bright hue can stain teeth, warns Dr Marques. “Be particularly wary of blends rich in deeply-coloured fruits and vegetables such as blueberries and beetroot.” Our top tip? Don’t quit consuming your daily greens, just sip your green blend through a straw.

Tomatoes

Whether raw or cooked, tomatoes are surprisingly acidic. The solution? Eat them as part of a meal, instead of alone, to reduce the chance of acid erosion.

Fizzy Drinks

It’s no surprise the combination of sugar, acids and carbonation in fizzy drinks is a death sentence for our teeth, with countless studies linking soda consumption with tooth erosion and decay, but did you know diet varieties are just as bad? Most contain an acid that can weaken enamel, but if you can’t kick your Diet Coke habit quite yet, be sure to drink it through a straw to limit contact with the teeth.

Ice

Hear us out on this one – ice may just be frozen water, meaning it’s 100% sugar free, but if you tend to chew on your cubes once you’ve finished your G&T, they can cause damage. Dentists say nibbling on ice is a major no-no as it can easily crack or break teeth, especially if you have veneers.

Nut Butter

The likes of peanut and almond butter may be a mainstay in our kitchen cupboards, but dental experts advise us to be wary of nut butter’s naturally sticky texture. Such foods stay on the teeth for a longer period of time, giving the bacteria in your mouth more time to feed. While we’re by no means suggesting you ditch your daily dose of healthy fats, be mindful of your intake and be sure to brush well and regularly.

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