The worst food and drink combinations for your teeth
Many foods and drinks are commonly enjoyed together as part of a meal or quick snack, but some of these combinations can mean double trouble for your teeth due to the high amount of sugar and acid they contain. Here are a few to avoid:
Soda and chips: Soda alone can harm teeth in several ways. Regular soda is very acidic. It is also loaded with sugar, which mixes with the bacteria in your mouth to produce even more acid. Diet soda isn't any better since it is just as acidic as regular soda. This overload of acids softens the hard enamel that protects your teeth. When you follow a sip of soda with a crunchy, salty chip, you could be causing major damage to your teeth. In addition to being abrasive to the enamel already softened from the soda, chips contain starch that becomes sugar in your mouth. This sugar can linger between teeth and feed bacteria, causing even more damage to the surface of your teeth.
Coffee and donuts: You may already know that coffee stains teeth. However, like soda, coffee is also very acidic. The acid in black coffee can weaken tooth enamel, and this damage can multiply with every additive such as sugar or cream. If you eat a starchy, sugar-filled donut while sipping coffee, the acids and sugar combine to create lactic acid that attacks your enamel and paves the way for cavities and tooth decay.
Fruit juice and peanut butter and jelly sandwich: A juice box and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich is a lunchtime favorite for many kids, but this combination can also lead to tooth decay. Fruit juice is often filled with sugar and acids that erode tooth enamel. Some types of juice contain as much or even more sugar than soda! Many peanut butters also contain a surprising amount of sugar. Because of the sticky texture, peanut butter can adhere to teeth, giving the sugar extra time to do damage. Add jelly, which is also sticky and filled with sugar, and the problem multiplies. Spread both on white bread and it becomes even worse, as the texture of the bread helps the sugars stay on teeth even longer.
While these well-loved food and drink combinations can be satisfying, it’s best to enjoy them only as occasional treats to avoid the damaging effects of the sugar and acid they contain.