Teeth are important. You know this, which is why you visit James W. Mellert, your Torrance dentist, on a regular basis and brush your teeth twice a day. You also do your best to minimize all of the foods that are bad for your teeth like chewy candy, soda and other sugary treats. However, there is the chance that you are eating too much of certain foods and beverages that are bad for your teeth but you just don’t know it. Here are a few.


The refined carbohydrates found in many crackers are quickly converted into sugar in the mouth. This acts as fodder for cavity-forming bacteria. And what happens in your mouth when you eat crackers? They turn mushy and pasty, this goop then gets lodged in between your teeth and wreaks havoc.

Now, if you only eat crackers on occasion, you shouldn’t have anything to worry about, if you brush and floss daily. If you eat crackers on a regular basis, you might want to consider an alternative.

White Bread

While all bread contain sugar and can potentially be bad for your teeth, white bread is by far the worst. If you have ever taken a bite of white bread, you will notice that it immediately balls up and sticks to all parts of your mouth.

Sports Drinks

After an intense workout or an hour of biking in the hot sun, you are in the mood for a cold sports drink to quench your thirst. But this isn’t the best idea. You might think that a sports drink is a good alternative to soda, but that just isn’t the case. Not only do many of these sports drinks have too much sugar, many are acidic as well. This can also be very damaging to your teeth. Many experts agree that sports drinks are as bad for your teeth as soda.


There isn’t a disaster as bad as spilling red wine on a white carpet. You can expect to have a stain that will never go away. If red wine can stain a carpet, it makes perfect sense that it would stain your teeth.  Both red and white wines contain an erosive acid that allows stains to penetrate more deeply.

In addition to staining your teeth, wine tends to dry out your mouth, which makes it sticky and a place where bacteria thrive.

Dried Fruit

Dried fruits are a great source of fiber and very tasty as well. It is unfortunate that many dried fruits contain way too much sugar. Now, fresh fruits contain sugar, but dried fruits stickiness causes the fruit to stick in the crevasses of your teeth. This is bad. To keep this from happening, you need to remove those fruit remnants as soon as possible.


While it is no surprise that sweet pickled foods are bad for your teeth, it might come as a surprise that pickles are also bad for your teeth. All pickled foods use vinegar, which just happens to have a very high acid content. Acid wears down the enamel on your teeth, which makes them much more vulnerable to problems.

Citrus Fruits

Even though citrus fruits are high in fiber and full of vitamin C, they also have a high amount of acidity, which is tough on your enamel. You need that layer of enamel on your teeth to help protect them. Your best bet is to brush and rinse out your mouth after eating citrus fruit.

Just as there are foods that are bad for your teeth, there are also foods that you might be surprised to know are actually good for your teeth. Here are a few.


Cheese holds the ability to combat acid erosion of your teeth. Every time you eat an orange, soda or glass of wine, you are exposing your teeth to acid that can cause erosion. Eating some cheese after these foods and drinks can counteract the acid left in your mouth.


Fatty fish, such as salmon, are a great source of vitamin D, which just happens to be very good for your bones and teeth.

Sugarless Gum

Sugar-free gum helps clean your teeth and stimulates the production of saliva, which is nature’s way of cleaning the bacteria from your mouth.

Leafy Veggies

Leafy vegetables and other foods high in fiber promote healthy digestion, which can do wonders for your teeth. Eating a leafy salad is like giving your teeth a nice, hot shower. All of that chewing generates saliva and the leafy foods themselves scrubs your teeth clean.


If you drink a lot of water throughout the day, you are helping to wash sugar and acid from your teeth. Water also contains minerals that protect your teeth against erosion.

Even if you eat all of the right foods and brush your teeth twice a day, it is still important that you visit your dentist on a regular basis. Call James W. Mellert for an appointment.