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What You Should Avoid Eating to Maintain a Good Oral Hygiene


You might have come across the famous proverb “Prevention is Better Than Cure” many times. Have you ever thought to implement it in your life? Oral hygiene can be attained by brushing twice a day, flossing often and with a mouthwash. Even though doing all these, you might get cavities and stains. What is the reason? The secret is nothing but your refrigerator. Shocked? There are certain foods in your refrigerator that can cause cavities, gum diseases and stains. According to the dentists in Sydney, the food we eat has a big impact on our teeth, so read the post to get abreast info on which foods to avoid.

Citrus Fruit

Citrus fruits and juices are rich in Vitamin C and other nutrients are good for your health but not for your mouth. Lemon juice and grapefruit are highly acidic and can erode tooth enamel over time. To confirm this, scientist performed a research soaking teeth in various citrus juices and found that grapefruit and lemon juice caused the most damage. And good news is orange juice cause very less damage.


Pickling process needs acid which is typically provided by vinegar. It is the source of salty and sour taste of the pickle which makes them a potential hazard to tooth enamel. Eating pickles more than once a day increases the changes of wear by 85%.

Ice Cubes

Chewing ice is a big no-no. Although it is made of water and doesn’t contain any sugar or other additives, as it is hard, it can damage your enamel and leave your teeth vulnerable to dental emergency such as chipped teeth and loosened crowns.

Dried Fruits

Dried fruits such as raisins, prunes, dried apricots and more, as they are tough on teeth and deposit a lot of sugars. Sugars which is sticky and clings to teeth produces acid producing bacteria.


Alcohol is not healthy for your body and teeth. Alcohol dry out your mouth and dry mouth lacks saliva which is necessary to keep your teeth healthy. It prevents food from sticking to your teeth and washes away food particles.

Potato Chips

Potato chips are loaded with starch which becomes sugar later, and get trapped in and between the teeth and feed the bacteria.

Other foods include biscuits, sour candies, carbonated foods, coffee, sugarless gum, strawberries and much more. Contact your dentist in Sydney and prevent cavities for healthy teeth.

The author of this article is an experienced dentist in Sydney who also writes about maintaining a good oral health. In this article, he has explained which foods can impact your oral hygiene.

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