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Your teeth are affected by more than just your oral health routine. If you don’t eat a healthy, balanced diet you put yourself at risk for contracting serious oral health issues.

So in the interest of keeping your mouth as health as possible, our team here at Sterling Dental recommends you eliminate the following foods from your diet. Doing so will ensure you have the best oral health you can have as you grow older.

Keep an eye on citrus

Citrus fruits – like oranges, lemons, and grapefruit – are an essential part of any healthy diet; however, too much of them will expose your teeth to citric acid. This acid is highly corrosive to your teeth’s enamel, and if you have a high citrus intake you’re putting your enamel health at risk.


Straight black coffee has many health benefits, but unfortunately people don’t like black coffee a lot. All the extra sugar and creamer added to your morning cup is not good for your teeth, and a cup a morning will also stain your teeth. These deep coffee stains are difficult to remove, even with professional whitening services.

Crunchy snacks

Almost everyone loves a good bag of potato chips, but there’s just one problem with them (and other crunchy snack foods) – they contain high levels of starch, which easily gets trapped in your teeth.

If you do eat a lot of these types of foods, you need to spend more time flossing, but it’s recommended that you avoid these foods as much as possible.

If you need help identifying other foods to avoid, or have any questions about tooth-friendly foods, please call us today at 941-926-9888.