Nobody looks forward to their biannual trip to the Torrance dental clinic. It might be due to the discomfort of having somebody poke around inside your mouth. But it also might be because it seems as if every time you go to the dentist, there is a problem that needs to be resolved, like a cavity or a root canal. If this sounds like a chapter out of the book of your life, perhaps you aren’t doing everything you can to keep your teeth as healthy as possible. Perhaps the problem lies in the foods you choose to eat.

There are plenty of foods that you should avoid if you are serious about having healthy teeth. Here is a list of foods that are best if left out of your kitchen.

Hard Candy

Savoring a sweet lollipop might seem harmless enough, but sadly that is not the case. Sucking on hard candies exposes your teeth to the harsh sugars for a long period of time. Think about how many licks it really does take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop, we can tell you the number is a lot higher than three. And as bad as sucking on this hard candies can be, biting into them is even worse.

Corn on the Cob

It’s that time of year when this delicious vegetable can be found on picnic tables all over the United States. Sadly, this summertime food should be off-limits if you want to protect your teeth. Biting into corn that is still on the cob can crack fillings or loosen sealants. If you have dentures, eating corn on the cob can be downright catastrophic.

The fix for this problem is as easy as pie; all you need to do is scrape the corn from the cob before you eat it.

Red Pasta Sauce

Your tooth enamel is particularly vulnerable to darker colors, like red for example. This means that your favorite spaghetti dish contains a sauce that can easily absorb into your teeth and lead to unsightly stains. But there is no need to ditch your favorite Italian dishes, simply rinse your mouth with water several times while enjoying your meals.

Breath Mints

While you may enjoy pleasant breath and feel cleaner after eating an after-dinner mint, you may as well have just soaked your teeth in sugar. If you insist on having a mint, make sure to choose one that is sugar-free.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches

Yes, they are an awesome food, perfect for lunches on the go, but peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are bad for your teeth. You see, both peanut butter and jelly are high in sugar content and they are both sticky, which is a double whammy for the health of your teeth.

Potato Chips

Nothing beats the texture of a good potato chip. They are crunchy at first, then become a gummy mass in your mouth. When potato chip particles get lodged between your teeth, they increase the odds of tooth decay.

Of course, this is only a partial list of foods you should avoid. Check back and we will list more foods to avoid if you desire healthy teeth.