I recently asked my Facebook fans to take a guess at which foods are the worst for your teeth. You probably aren’t surprised by the responses – sodas and sweets – you know, all the things we enjoy!

The usual suspects always come top of mind. But, what about the more obscure ones? For instance, would you have guessed dried fruits or citrus fruits? Most people normally believe anything with “fruit” in it must be good for you – and while that can be true in part – dried fruits are loaded with sugar and citrus fruits have a lot of citrus acid, which can wear down tooth enamel over time.

Dr. Uche Odiatu, doctor of dental medicine based in Toronto, recently shared his thoughts about the worst foods for your teeth with Huffington Post.

Did you guess any of these would be on the list?

  • Dried Fruit
  • Pickles
  • Sugar
  • Wine
  • Pop
  • Hard Candies
  • Chewy Candies
  • Citrus Fruits
  • Fruit Juices
  • Coffee and Tea
  • Crackers

As a Mom, I know many of these food items are seen regularly in children’s’ diets. It’s so important that children begin seeing a dentist as soon as their first tooth cuts and maintain regular bi-annual visits throughout their lifetime. Preventative care, which largely encompasses having a healthy diet, is the best way to keep your teeth and beautiful smile.

So, will you change your diet based on these results? What foods were you surprised NOT to see on the list?

Here’s a great summary video of with dental care tips for your children:

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