A Cavity Culprit? Your Guide To Foods and Beverages That Can Cause Oral Problems

While we all love to indulge in sodas and sweets, it is common knowledge that these types of treats might trigger a toothache down the line. But there are less commonly recognized food and beverage options that can also wreak havoc on your oral health. Here are five cavity culprits that just might surprise you!


  1.     Ice – chewing on ice cubes might be a summer go-to for you, but according to the American Dental Association, it would be best to find a different way to cool off. Ice can damage enamel and cause some unwanted and unpleasant oral issues such as chipping or cracking, which can leave your mouth vulnerable to other oral health related issues as well!
  2.     Bread - Healthline notes that bread, a daily staple for many, can cause oral issues because saliva converts starches to sugar. As a result, when food particles get stuck between teeth or in the grooves of a tooth, it can be a potential cause of decay. 
  3.     Alcohol – alcohol is not generally considered a part of a healthy diet, per se, but it might surprise you that alcohol is unhealthy for your teeth. Carbonated alcoholic beverages or beverages with a high sugar content pose risks you may already be aware of, though drinking any alcohol will cause your mouth to dry out. A dry mouth can lead to an array of problems since saliva naturally cleans the mouth. Without a sufficient amount of saliva, you may be more susceptible to tooth decay or other oral issues.
  4.     Citrus – the occasional kick of citrus shouldn’t do much harm, but beware of excessive citrus consumption as it is often associated with enamel erosion which can lead to decay. Citric acid also can irritate any wounds or sores in the mouth. 
  5.     Dried Fruits – dried fruits seem like a healthier sweet treat, but these types of sticky snacks cause damage by adhering to the tooth much longer than other foods. If you are going to indulge it is a good idea to practice oral hygiene shortly after consumption to avoid any issues. 


Dr. Kiai and his team at Encino Dental Esthetics are always available to combat any oral issues you may be experiencing. Avoiding certain foods and beverages might not always seem convenient or desirable but taking care of your teeth is essential to your health and wellbeing. Stay aware of all the things that can cause damage to your teeth and book an appointment for a consultation at Encino Dental Esthetics today to address any concerns. 


Kaivan Kiai DDS

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