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Foods Worse Than Candy

By Sara Butler

Your dental health is a part of your overall health. After all, having poor dental hygiene can have a huge impact on the health of other body systems, such as the heart. You may avoid eating too much candy because you know it's bad for your teeth, but are you aware that there are other foods that may be just as bad, if not worse, for your teeth? Here's a breakdown of some of the worst foods for your teeth that you need to be on the lookout for.

Dried Fruit

While fruit is good for your overall health, you may want to think twice before having dried fruit as a cornerstone of your diet. That's because when it comes to sugar content, dried fruit isn't that much better than candy. Plus, it's often sticky which can get stuck between your teeth and lead to cavities. Fresh fruit is always a better choice when it's available.

Soda

It shouldn't come as a shock to learn that soda is bad for your teeth. One can of soda can have almost 10 teaspoons of sugar -- but that's not the only issue. Soda also happens to be very acidic, which can damage the enamel on your teeth. That makes even diet soda not a great choice for the health of your teeth.

Pasta Sauce

Tomatoes are great for your health but they're also highly acidic, which makes them not a great choice for your teeth since it can damage the enamel. Add in the carbs you get from eating pasta that helps keep the cavity-causing bacteria that live in your mouth fed, and you've got a perfect storm for damage to your teeth. You don't have to avoid pasta sauce all the time, but try rinsing your mouth out with water or brushing your teeth after eating it.

Certain Bottled Waters

You may notice that some bottled waters have added minerals to enhance their flavor, but this is a bad thing for your teeth. That's because minerals added to the water can make it more acidic and damage the enamel. If you buy water, then look for distilled water that has a lower pH than other types. Or you can simply reuse your own water bottle and drink water from your tap.

Take care of your teeth and you'll find the rest of you is healthier too!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Lake Forest, Calif.

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