The Best (And The Worst) Foods For Your Teeth

Brush twice a day, forget about the candy, and coffee will stain your teeth are only a few of the cautionary tips we’re given regarding our oral health. It can be pretty tricky to keep up with the best practices for our pearly whites. There are many food and drink products around that can cause damage, so it’s smart to stay in the know about which things are healthy for our smiles. Continue reading to learn the best and worst foods (and liquids) for our teeth.

Worst: Ditch The Ice

man in ice
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HERBERT NEUBAUER/AFP via Getty Images

According to orthodontist Janice Yannl, “chewing on hard substances can damage enamel and leave your teeth vulnerable to a dental emergency.” Yes, that applies to ice, no matter if it’s made of water and lacks sugary additives.

No matter how addicting it can be, you need to stay away from chewing on ice. “You’d be surprised at how many people think ice is good for their teeth,” Yannl says. Let it cool your beverage, not destroy your teeth.