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Foods Bad For Your Teeth

Foods That Are Terrible For Your Teeth

Foods That Are Terrible For Your Teeth
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Your smile is one of the first things people notice when they see you, so it's kind of hard to hide terrible teeth. What's easier is brushing regularly (of course!) and avoiding the foods that are bad for your pearly whites — we're talking foods high in acidity, people! While your teeth are made of some pretty tough stuff, it's the minerals your tooth enamel is made up of that can be dissolved by strong acids, and there are two different ways this can occur, through tooth decay and dental erosion. According to Colgate's Dr Susan Cartwright, tooth decay is the result of a build up of plaque bacteria and their by-products on your teeth. But erosion is caused by acids from the food and drink you consume along with the gastrointestinal system. "Layers of tooth tissue are lost and the teeth become thinner and/or shorter over time and may become sensitive," says Dr Cartwright. And once the damage is done, there's no going back.

So we bring you the list of what you need to avoid — OK, let's be real, limit — to keep your teeth perfect . . .

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