Your teeth might be the most overworked, under-appreciated parts of your body. Without your teeth, your entire digestive process is thrown out of whack. Digestion starts in the mouth with chewing. When your teeth aren’t taken care of properly, they develop cavities, which are holes formed by acid damage. The acid comes from the food we eat. So, more acid, more cavities, and more cavities, fewer teeth.
So what food erodes teeth the most?
Sugar. Sugar is in almost everything we eat, but especially in sweets and desserts.
Which desserts are the worst on your teeth?
They are sticky and delicious, but the stickiness is the very part of the gummy bear that destroys your teeth. Not only is sugar often one of the main ingredients in these foods, it also leaves sticky little traces in the crevices of your teeth, allowing sugar to attack your teeth and gums long after you’ve finished eating, says Hyperbiotics.
The problem with sticky, sugary food is that the debris turns into a plentiful energy supply for bacteria, and the prolonged presence of sugar in your mouth allows bacteria to produce much more acid than normal. Make sure to clean your teeth immediately and floss to remove anything stuck between your teeth.
People commonly see gummy fruit as a relatively healthier snack option. And don’t forget about gummy multivitamin supplements! They are all just plain sugar!
Sugary Ice Cream Can Cause Tooth Decay. Even though dairy products like ice cream, can be a good source of calcium, the other ingredients can wreak havoc on the enamel of your teeth. Avoid ice creams with extras such as caramel or syrup.
Brush teeth after eating ice cream or rinse with water or mouth wash. This will help get some of the sticky sugars off the enamel, says Indy Dental Health.
Refined carbohydrate-laden desserts such as pancakes and waffles are terrible for your teeth, no matter how great they taste.
They turn into sugar immediately in your mouth to kick-start the acid production caused by bad bacteria. This also includes non-dessert starchy foods such as white bread, potato chips and pasta, which can easily become lodged between teeth and in crevices. Nano explains that while you may not consider them as dangerous as sugar, it’s important to note that starches begin converting into sugar almost immediately in the pre-digestive process that begins in the mouth through the enzymes in saliva.